The New York Times Bestseller A ground-breaking history of the class system in America, which challenges popular myths about equality in the land of opportunity. In this landmark book, Nancy Isenberg argues that the voters who boosted Trump all the way to the White House have been a permanent part of the American fabric, and reveals how the wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlements to today's hillbillies. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics - a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society; they are now offered up as entertainment in reality TV shows, and the label is applied to celebrities ranging from Dolly Parton to Bill Clinton. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been at or near the centre of major political debates over the character of the American identity. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America's supposedly class-free society - where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility - and forces a nation to face the truth about the enduring, malevolent nature of class.
The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
Author: Nancy Isenberg
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Category: Social Science
First published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Race and Class in America
Author: Annalee Newitz,Matt Wray
Molly Price isn't a celebrity. She's never been on a reality show or had her name thrown about in the gossip column. But, like so many of us, she has a story to tell. And what a story it is! From an amazingly complicated upbringing with twists and turns that seem at times to be unbelievable, Molly is able to draw you into her world. It's a world that you may find to be completely different from your own, but most likely you'll be able to find so much to relate to as she introduces you to her family, her friends, and a host of situations that will make you giggle and even tear up, often times in the same sentence. Amazingly insightful, Molly understands the value of the little things in life, knowing that at any moment the life she thought she had finally figured out, just might be rocked from its core, and everything changes. It takes a very open mind to be able to see the good in the worst of times, but that is just Molly. Even in cases of the most horrifying memories from her childhood, White Trash Princess offers a new perspective that will make you see things differently, maybe even think about the kind of legacy you hope to leave behind for those in your life...Brook Morello
Author: Molly Price
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The definitive guide to high-class trailer park living. White Trash Etiquette contains everything you need to know to live like decent trash, including: The proper way to fake a back injury How to prevent your in-laws from stealing the silverware at wedding receptions The 10 Hottest White Trash Career Opportunities How to improve your drunk driving skills Sound advice on everything from lying to your boss to making your next convenience store robbery fun for the whole family There’s also troubleshooting for troublemakers: I'm getting married; can I still wear white if I'm a tramp? Can chicks ever really respect an accountant? How do I pick a good bail bondsman? How can I get my 14-year-old cousin unpregnant? And much more.
The Definitive Guide to Upscale Trailer Park Manners
Author: Dr. Verne Edstrom, Esq.
Publisher: Crown Archetype
Finding love is simple with the One True Love Plan. ?If only life were as easy as your sisters.? Abby?s heard that one before. And it?s true ?Shelby and Kait aren?t exactly prim and proper. Abby is determined not to follow in their footsteps, so she has created the One True Love Plan. The most important part of the plan is Rule #1: Find Someone New. This means finding a guy who hasn?t already dated Shelby or Kait. But when Abby starts falling for the possible father of Kait?s baby, she has to figure out if some rules are meant to be broken. This debut novel, a modern comedy of errors, is as lighthearted and irreverant as its title.
Author: Marjetta Geerling
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Author: Steve Berger
Publisher: Steven Berger
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
A word-of-mouth bestseller that’s captivating readers with its honesty, grit, and headstrong heroine, White Trash Beautiful is a story for anyone who has ever felt trapped in life, cheated by love—and longed for something more . . . Cass Daniels isn’t waiting for her knight in shining armor. She knows that girls like her don’t get a happily ever after. Not if you live in a trailer with your mom, work at a greasy spoon diner, and get leered at by old men. Maybe that’s why she puts up with Jackson—her poor excuse for a boyfriend, who treats her like dirt. Cass has learned to accept her lot in life. That is, until he walks into her diner. . . . His name is Tucker White, and he’s different from any man Cass has ever known. Tall, tattooed, and bad-ass gorgeous, he’s the lead singer of the rock band Damaged. From the moment they meet, Tucker sees something in Cass he just can’t shake. Something beautiful. Something haunted. Something special. And he’s determined to find out what it is—if only he can get her to open up and let him in. . . .
Author: Teresa Mummert
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
the eugenic family studies, 1877-1919
Author: Nicole Hahn Rafter
Publisher: Northeastern Univ Pr
Category: Family & Relationships
What was a poor white trash daughter, one of thirteen children of an abusive, alcoholic father and submissive mother, doing at a reception with the President of the United States of America in the White House? Living in a tin barn with dirt floors, no plumbing, and being able to lie in bed at night and look at the stars seemed so far away now. How did Wanda Pope get from going to bed at night and being told to go to sleep so she wouldn't know she was hungry to having a glass of wine with the president of the United States? Growing up wondering if tonight would be the night that her father wouldn't miss when he shot at her mother? Would she or one of her siblings possibly die tonight, or would they still be able to go dig in dumpsters the next day for food? How did she ever get out of so much poverty?
From Dirt Floors to the White House
Author: Wanda Pope
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
"White trash" is a liminal figure that dramatizes the intersection of race and class. Contemporary British novelists like Irvine Welsh, Niall Griffiths and John King use this originally US-American stereotype to interrogate the racializing discourse of class in British society. Their novels are interdiscursive reflections of the figurations of race and class that still haunt the British cultural imaginary. "British White Trash" is the first analysis to comprehensively examine the adaptation of the "white trash" stereotype in major British novels. The study thus contributes to a critical understanding of racism and classism, its cultural representations and its underlying social processes.
Figurations of Tainted Whiteness in the Novels of Irvine Welsh, Niall Griffiths and John King
Author: Mark Schmitt
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Category: Literary Criticism
Talking White Trash documents the complex and interwoven relationship between mediated representations and lived experiences of white working-class people—a task inspired by the author’s experiences growing up in a white working-class family and neighborhood and how she came to understand herself through watching films and television shows. The increasing presence of white working-class people in media, particularly within the genre of reality television, and their role in fueling the unprecedented rise of Donald Trump, has made this population a central subject of U.S. cultural discourse. Rather than relying solely on analyses of mediated portrayals, Dunn makes use of personal narratives, interviews, focus groups, textual analysis, and critical autoethnography to specifically analyze how popular media articulates certain ideas about white working-class people, and how those who identify as members of this population, including herself, negotiate such articulations. Dunn’s work provides alternative stories that are rarely, if ever, found in popular media—stories that feature the varied reactions and lived experiences of white working-class people; stories that talk to, talk with, and talk back to mediated representations and dominant cultural ideas; stories that illuminate the multidimensionality of a population that is often portrayed in one-dimensional ways; stories that move inside and outside the white working-class to better understand their role within, and influence upon, U.S. culture.
Mediated Representations and Lived Experiences of White Working-Class People
Author: Tasha R. Dunn
Explores the mind and soul of one of society's favorite punch lines, exposing the truth about this very human group of people who have been scorned and insulted enough and are tired of being dubbed "white trash." 30,000 first printing.
How Hillbillies Hicks and White Trash Becames America's Scapegoats
Author: Jim Goad
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Social Science