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Nancy Isenberg is the author of New York Times bestseller White Trash, and Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in Biography and won the Oklahoma Book Award for best book in Nonfiction. She is the coauthor, with Andrew Burstein, of Madison and Jefferson. She is the T. Harry Williams Professor of American History at LSU, and writes regularly for Salon.com. Isenberg is the winner of the 2016 Walter & Lillian Lowenfels Criticism Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Charlottesville, Virginia. ...more

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White Trash: The 400-Year U...

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“When you turn an election into a three-ring circus, there’s always a chance that the dancing bear will win.”
Nancy Isenberg, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

“How does a culture that prizes equality of opportunity explain, or indeed accommodate, its persistently marginalized people?”
Nancy Isenberg, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

“Poor whites are still taught to hate—but not to hate those who are keeping them in line. Lyndon Johnson knew this when he quipped, “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” We”
Nancy Isenberg, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

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