Magazine August 29, 2016, Issue

Cracked History

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg (Viking, 480 pp., $28)

Nancy Isenberg has produced, in White Trash, a dreadfully stupid and lazy book. It is badly written, poorly conceived, and incompetently executed. Isenberg would join the long line of American debunkers and would-be debunkers of a familiar and surpassingly tedious sort: “Sure, Americans sent a man to the moon, but what about the United Fruit Company in Guatemala back in 1954? Huh? Huh?”

Isenberg’s argument, if we may be so generous as to call it that, is this: The American culture was not born ex nihilo on July 4, 1776, and in the English parts of the New World colonists reproduced

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