The 40 Best Books of 2016

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White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg (Viking)
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White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg (Viking)

Americans who claim their nation doesn’t have a class system are deluding themselves, argues author Isenberg in this fascinating social history. The LSU professor tracks the class of poor white Americans, often made the butt of jokes by their more affluent peers, from colonial times to the present day.

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