Monday, May 8, 2017

White trash

White trash: the 400-year untold history of class in America by Nancy Isenberg, 468 pgs.

Is America really the land of opportunity?  Can anyone make it here?  Isenberg tells the history of class going back to the earliest immigrants.  The land of opportunity was also a convenient place to send criminals and other miscreants.  Even then, the poor were looked upon as lazy, misbehaving deviants...and undoubtedly some were...just like the upper class.  Fast forward 400 years and we have a continuation on the theme.

It would nice to read something like this and see a history of great progress but I guess nobody would write that book if there wasn't an issue.

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