Cornell University

"White Trash: Class Politics, American Style." The 2017 Krieger Lecture in American Political Culture

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 4:30pm

Lewis Auditorium, G76 Goldwin Smith Hall 232 East Avenue, Ithaca NY 14853

Historian Nancy Isenberg is taking on one of the hottest topics driving public discussion today: class and privilege in America. Her newest book, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, draws on a wide range of historical sources, while plumbing the depths of popular culture to demonstrate the ways in which class privilege undercuts the vaunted belief in an "American Dream." In her lectures, Isenberg addresses our long-held myths and shows how unproven beliefs about a "land of opportunity" have persisted from colonial times to the present.          

Free & open to all. Books are available at the Cornell Store and will also be sold at the event by Buffalo Street Books.            

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American Studies Program


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Adrienne Clay

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Nancy Isenberg

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Louisiana State University

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