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35th Portier Lecture: White Trash: The 400-Year History of Class in America


35th Portier Lecture: White Trash: The 400-Year History of Class in America

Presented by Nancy Isenberg, Ph.D.
The 35th Annual Portier Lecture: White Trash: The 400-Year History of Class in America

Thursday, October 29, at 7:30, at Byrne Memorial Hall
Spring Hill College - Mobile, Alabama

Nancy Isenberg is the T. Harry Williams Professor of History at Louisiana State University. She is the author of Madison and Jefferson, 2010, with Andrew Burstein; Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, 2007; and Sex and Citizenship in Antebellum America, 1998.

The Portier Lecture is the annual history lecture, named in honor of Bishop Michael Portier, the first bishop of Mobile, who founded Spring Hill College in 1830.

This event was sponsored by the Spring Hill College Department of History. This video was produced in association with the Department of Communication Arts.

Produced by J.L. Stevens II

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

Roosevelt House hosts a special evening featuring Nancy Isenberg, author of the groundbreaking bestseller White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, in conversation with Frank Rich, Writer-at-Large for New York Magazine, and Bill Goldstein, Public Programming Curator for Roosevelt House.

Isenberg, the T. Harry Williams Professor of history at Louisiana State University, has updated the paperback of White Trash to include updated reflections on the 2016 presidential election. As Isenberg and Rich will discuss, the voters who boosted Trump all the way to the White House have been a permanent part of our American fabric, from the earliest British colonial settlement to today's hillbillies.

Isenberg's White Trash 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 nineteenth century, she argues; Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics, a widely popular movement that targeted poor whites for sterilization. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and the Great Society. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been at or near the center of major political debates over the American identity.

Welcoming remarks by Roosevelt House Director Harold Holzer.

Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, May 9, 2017.

The origin of ‘white trash,’ and why class is still an issue in the U.S.

In “White Trash,” Nancy Isenberg delves into the history of class in America, starting with British colonization. At that time, America was seen as a wasteland -- a place to discard the idle poor. The agrarian communities they subsequently formed often remained poor due to a phenomenon Isenberg calls “horizontal mobility.” Jeffrey Brown speaks with the author about how we can evolve past class.

Review: White Trash- The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America

Non-Fiction book review of American history and class system. Get your copy here -
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Reflections on : White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

White Trash

In her best-selling history of the class system in America, historian Nancy Isenberg upends history as we know it by taking on our comforting myths about equality and uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present, always embarrassing—if occasionally entertaining—poor white trash. Benjamin Reiss, fellow historian and author will join Isenberg in a conversation on the untold history of class in America.

Andrew Jackson and Reading White Trash by Nancy Isenberg

Convinced to tackle this brick and working my way through it. Couldn’t not comment on the chapter profiling president Andrew Jackson. White Trash by Nancy Isenberg is proving frighteningly relevant.

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Nancy Isenberg & Andrew Burstein

If Democracy Requires Critical Thinking, Are We Doomed?

White Trash interview with Nancy Isenberg

Fair Use clause invoked.

The video is to set the tone of the book White Trash by author Nancy Isenberg. What I want for you is to pay attention to what she is saying and why she says so. Note her using her own understanding as much as possible and not exactly what is in the book.

Mobile 1865: The Seige and Reduction of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely

ArchiTreats: Food for Thought. Alabama Department of Archives and History, Farley Auditorium. Presented by Robert Bradley, April 16, 2015.

What's New on the Family History Guide- Ann Tanner

Ann Tanner gives us an overview of the newest changes on the Family History Guide. She also shows how can help you with your family history questions.
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Eugenics in the 20th Century: White Trash and Negroes

Chapter 8 of the Book White Trash


White Trash the 400-year untold story of the class system

Online book report

Nancy Isenberg, MD

Nancy Isenberg, MD, specializes in neurology and cognitive disorders.

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Love Songs: The Hidden History

Ted Gioia discussed the history of love songs in the human experience, ranging from ancient civilizations to current popular culture.

Speaker Biography: Ted Gioia is an acclaimed author whose books include Love Songs: The Hidden History, How to Listen to Jazz, and The History of Jazz. He served as founding president, editor, and resident blogger for, and is a recipient of the ASCA-Deems Taylor Award. His book Delta Blues was one of the 100 most notable books of 2008, according to the New York Times. Gioia is also a jazz pianist and had a distinguished career in business and finance.

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WHITE TRASH - Trump’s Base: The 400 - Year Old Story of Class in America

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Audio for White Trash selection from Nancy Isenberg's book on class in America.

Audio for White Trash selection from Nancy Isenberg's book on class in America. This selection focuses on the eugenics movement. For classroom purposes.

The Dark Truth About the History of the United States of America

The Untold History of the United States (also known as Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States) is a 2012 documentary series directed, produced, and narrated by Oliver Stone.

Stone is the director and narrator of all ten episodes. The series is a reexamination of some of the underreported and darkest parts of American modern history, using little-known documents and newly uncovered archival material. The series looks beyond official versions of events to the deeper causes and implications and explores how events from the past still have resonant themes for the present day. Stone said, From the outset I've looked at this project as a legacy to my children and a way to understand the times I've lived through. I hope it can contribute to a more global insight into our American history.[7]

The first three episodes of the series premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 6, 2012, with Indiewire describing them as extremely compelling and daring.[8] The series was personally presented by Stone at the Subversive Festival on May 4, 2013, in Zagreb, Croatia, which next to film screenings also included debates and public lectures by prominent intellectuals such as Slavoj Žižek and Tariq Ali.[9]

Stone described the project as the most ambitious thing I've ever done. Certainly in documentary form, and perhaps in fiction, feature form.[10] Production took four years to complete. Stone confessed, It was supposed to take two years, but it's way over schedule.[11] The premiere was finally set for November 12, 2012.[12] Stone spent $1 million of his own money on the film as the budget inflated from $3 million to $5 million.[13]

The series premiered on Showtime in November 2012. The executive producers were Oliver Stone, Tara Tremaine and Rob Wilson. A book by the same name was also published.

The Untold History of the United States was released on Blu-ray on October 15, 2013. All ten episodes of the show are featured on four discs, and the Blu-ray release also includes various bonus content, as well as two prologue episodes. The first prologue episode deals with World War I, the Russian Revolution and Woodrow Wilson. The second prologue episode highlights the pre-World War II era of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.[14][15] The series was released on DVD on March 4, 2014.[16] The series is currently available for streaming on Netflix.

The ten-part series is supplemented by a 750-page companion book, The Untold History of the United States, also written by Stone and Kuznick, released on Oct 30, 2012 by Simon & Schuster.[17]

Kuznick objected to the working title Secret History, claiming that the truth is that many of our 'secrets' have been hidden on the front page of the New York Times. If people think the secrets will be deep, dark conspiracies, they'll be disappointed. We'll be drawing on the best recent scholarship.[18] It was subsequently retitled The Untold History of the United States.

The Key Takeaways from Nancy Isenberg's White Trash

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