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  • Isenberg, Nancy

    Published by Viking, New York, 2015

    Seller: A. Richard Books and More, Washington DC, DC, U.S.A.

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    Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Signed by the author on the title page. No other marks. Signed by Author(s).

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    Hardcover. Condition: Very good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very good. Mindy Stricke (Author photograph) (illustrator). Later printing. xvii, [3], 460 pages. Illustrations. Notes. Index. Signed by the author on the title page. DJ has signed by the author sticker on the front. Nancy G. Isenberg is an American historian, and T. Harry Williams Professor of history at Louisiana State University. She graduated from Rutgers University, and University of Wisconsin. She is best known for her 2016 New York Times bestseller WHITE TRASH. Her first book, SEX AND CITIZENSHIP IN ANTEBELLUM AMERICA examines the origins of the women's rights movement. It was awarded the annual prize of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) in 1999. Her second book, FALLEN FOUNDER: THE LIFE OF AARON BURR, undertook to correct the many biased accounts across two centuries that have too easily portrayed as a villain Thomas Jefferson's vice president and the victor in the duel that ended Alexander Hamilton's life. FALLEN FOUNDER received critical acclaim, was a Main Selection of the History Book Club and won the 2008 Oklahoma Book Award for non-fiction. Her widely praised third book, MADISON AND JEFFERSON, coauthored with Andrew Burstein, was a New York Times bestseller and named one of top five non-fiction titles of 2010 by Kirkus. Isenberg and Burstein joined together again to write THE PROBLEM OF DEMOCRACY: THE PRESIDENTS ADAMS CONFRONT THE CULT OF PERSONALITY. Professor Isenberg has been featured on C-SPAN2 "Book TV," and on various NPR programs over the years. In her groundbreaking bestselling history of the class system in America, Nancy Isenberg upends history as we know it by taking on our comforting myths about equality and uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present, always embarrassing, if occasionally entertaining, poor white trash. When you turn an election into a three-ring circus, there's always a chance that the dancing bear will win, says Isenberg of the political climate surrounding Sarah Palin. And we recognize how right she is today. Yet the voters who boosted Trump all the way to the White House have been a permanent part of our American fabric, argues Isenberg. The wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement to today's hillbillies. They were alternately known as waste people, offals, rubbish, lazy lubbers, and crackers. By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called clay eaters and sandhillers, known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. 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. 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 poor 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 LBJ's Great Society; they haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been at or near the center of major political debates over the character of the American identity. We acknowledge racial injustice as an ugly stain on our nation's history. With Isenberg's landmark book, we will have to face the truth about the enduring, malevolent nature of class as well.