The Gist

Cutting Class

In White Trash, author Nancy Isenberg delves into the history of class identities and our efforts to appropriate or shed them.

Dorothea Lange’s famous 1936 photo, Migrant Mother.

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On The Gist, crackers, rednecks, hillbillies—Nancy Isenberg explains the persistence of these terms and why they can’t be called ethnic identities. Her book is called White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America.

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