Vances Hillbilly Elegy

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http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438996/jd-vances-hillbilly-elegy-saved-family-support

Why the White Working Class Is Falling Behind

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by J. D. VANCE August 16, 2016 4:00 AM

‘The rhetoric of hard work conflicts with the reality on the ground.’

Editor’s Note: The following article is adapted from Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (Harper).

“Growing up in Middletown, Ohio, we had no sense that failing to achieve higher education would bring shame or any other consequences. The message wasn’t explicit; teachers didn’t tell us that we were too stupid or poor to make it. Nevertheless, it was all around us, like the air we breathed: No one in our families had gone to college; older friends and siblings were perfectly content to stay in Middletown, regardless of their career prospects; we knew no one at a prestigious out-of-state school; and everyone knew at least one young adult who was underemployed or didn’t have a job at all. . . .  ”

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438996/jd-vances-hillbilly-elegy-saved-family-support

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to “Vances Hillbilly Elegy”

  1. stuartbramhall January 26, 2017 at 6:33 am #

    Sadly the US black working class is falling behind even faster.

    • auntyuta January 26, 2017 at 8:53 am #

      My opinion is, Stuart, that we in our culture should be constantly encouraged to value every human being for what he/she is and are capable of doing. Often we hear words that express this sentiment, however in practice we perhaps tend to be too judgemental. Maybe this is more or less a cultural issue?

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