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Exchange Exemplar: The History Of America's White Underclass

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In America, everybody has the same opportunity, we like to think.  Our history tells another story, one of permanent underclasses whose members have little hope of escaping poverty. 

Historian Nancy Isenberg focuses on one of those underclasses in her bestselling book White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America.  Poor whites have been a frequent political focus as well as a frequent scapegoat.  The author joined us in 2016 to talk about what she found. 

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. John Baxter is the senior producer, Angela Decker is the producer and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.