By Wayne Flynt

First released in 1989 by way of The college of Alabama Press, Poor yet Proud was met with serious acclaim and offered the 1990 Lillian Smith prize in nonfiction, in addition to being named a CHOICE Outstanding educational booklet. This new paperback model will make the vintage paintings to be had for basic readers, bookstores, and classrooms.

Wayne Flynt addresses the lifestyles stories of negative whites via their occupations, society, and tradition. He explores their relations constitution, song, faith, folklore, crafts, and politics and describes their makes an attempt to unravel their very own difficulties via hard work unions and political activities. He finds that lots of our stereotypes approximately terrible whites are wildly exaggerated; few have been derelicts or "white trash." even supposing racism, emotionalism, and a penchant for violence have been attainable between negative whites, so much bore their issues with dignity and self-respect - operating demanding to ultimately carry themselves out of poverty.

The word "poor yet proud" aptly describes many white Alabamians who settled the kingdom and persevered via time. throughout the antebellum years, terrible whites built a particular tradition at the outer edge of the cotton belt. As herdsmen, subsistence farmers, mill employees, and miners, they flourished in a society extra popular for its two-class department of planters and slaves. the recent Deal period and the arrival of worldwide battle II broke the lengthy downward spiral of poverty and afforded new possibilities for upward mobility.


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