Manomet History Book Group

Manomet History Book Group

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
by Nancy Isenberg

Thursday, July 20, 2017
4:00 p.m.
Manomet Branch Library

History enthusiasts are encouraged to join us for an engaging discussion of important topics of the past at our History Book Group. The group meets one Thursday per month at 4:00 p.m. to discuss the month’s selection. Copies of the book are available one month prior at the branch library.

In our next book, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America,  Nancy Isenberg offers us the groundbreaking history of the class system in America, extending from colonial times to the present.  She takes on our comforting myths about equality, uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present, always embarrassing––if occasionally entertaining––”poor white trash.” 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.

This program is free and open to new members. For more information about this event, contact the Manomet Branch Librarian at (508) 830-4185, or email [email protected]. The library is fully accessible; please let us know if you need special accommodations to attend.