SOURCE: Hedgehog Review
by Nancy Isenberg
A historian of white rural poverty says that the cultural phenomenon of JD Vance's book "Hillbilly Elegy" is just the latest deployment of the "left behind" euphemism to obscure the nature of poverty in the United States. The rural poor are and have been part and parcel of the American economic order.
"It strips out Vance’s sociopolitical commentary entirely, which, however you feel about the commentary, leaves the story without an all-important ingredient: a political and sociological point."
Historian Elizabeth Catte takes on J.D. Vance's memoir "Hillbilly Elegy."
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