White Trash

Nancy Isenberg

RRP: £10.99

2 November 2017

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786493002

RRP: £20.00

4 May 2017

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786492982

RRP: £10.99

5 January 2017

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786492999

The wretched white poor in America have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement to today’s banjo-plucking hillbillies. They have been labelled Clay-Eaters and Waste People, an underclass that runs contrary to the American dream that hard-work begets success. Yet these marginalized whites have always been near the centre of major debates over the character of the American identity, as crucial to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century as they have been to the election of Donald Trump in 2017. In her groundbreaking history of the class system in America, Nancy Isenberg takes on a nation’s comforting myths about equality, uncovering the legacy of ever-present, always embarrassing – if occasionally entertaining – white trash.


Masterly and ambitious
New York Times (Notable Book of the Year)

A bracing surprise
Sunday Times

A bracing reminder of the persistent contempt for the white underclass.
The Atlantic

A gritty and sprawling assault on American mythmaking
Washington Post

Are we supposed merely to laugh at the Spucklers? Or do we not secretly admire their backwoods morality and survivalism? It's one great measure of Isenberg's success that even after 450 detailed pages you keep looking for new examples and new questions... An important book.
The Herald