PBS NewsHour

The origin of ‘white trash,’ & why class is still an issue

Clip: 08/16/2016 | 5m 57s

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.

Aired: 08/16/16

Rating: NR

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