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Myth of 'classless' America debunked in 'White Trash'





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America is a country where anything is possible. Or at least, that's supposed to be the case. 

Our national identity is linked to a "bootstrap mentality" and the promise of upward mobility. In the land of opportunity, class barriers don't exist, or can be overcome by hard work. But a new book seeks to dispel the myth of a "classless" America, and shine a light on the invisible hierarchies that have always been a part of the country's social fabric.

Nancy Isenberg is the author of "White Trash: The 400-year untold history of class in America." She joined host Libby Denkmann with more.


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