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

Nancy Isenberg presents a historical walk through America, exposing the democratization of poverty levied since colonists first landed on a country that wasn’t their own. Beginning with the original Europeans who landed in the new land, she presents a startling history of how class systems in America were constructed on the backs of African Americans, First Nation, and poor white Europeans, often tricked into believing a narrative of prosperity never provided for them. In the words of Slate Magazine, the book “sheds bright light on a long history of demagogic national politicking, … [and] makes Donald Trump seem far less unprecedented than today’s pundits proclaim.”