White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America & Hillbilly Elegy

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Reviewed by Dale Cousins, Friends of the Library Board Member

Ms Isenberg offers, from the founding of our country and through each of its Presidents, a look at myths about equality as well as the history of the country’s powerful elite class and the view of the landless poor “lower" classes. The view of the working poor is both troubling and revealing. Our national leaders and the general social norms presented do not portray us as very noble or graceful people.
Reviewed by Dale Cousins, Friends of the Library Board Member

 

This examination of the loss of the American Dream in rust belt Ohio and Kentucky is equally disturbing. JD Vance remembers his working class family and their struggles with the poverty, drugs, violence, and ignorance, and general hopelessness he encounters while coming of age. He credits his rough and tough Mamaw as making a difference the led him to both the Marines and a law degree from Yale.