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Poor but Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites / Edition 2
     

Poor but Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites / Edition 2

by Wayne Flynt
 

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ISBN-10: 0817311505

ISBN-13: 9780817311506

Pub. Date: 11/28/2001

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

First published in 1989 by The University of Alabama Press, Poor but Proud was met with critical acclaim and awarded the 1990 Lillian Smith prize in nonfiction, as well as being named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book. This new paperback version will make the classic work available for general readers, bookstores, and

Overview

First published in 1989 by The University of Alabama Press, Poor but Proud was met with critical acclaim and awarded the 1990 Lillian Smith prize in nonfiction, as well as being named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book. This new paperback version will make the classic work available for general readers, bookstores, and classrooms.

Wayne Flynt addresses the life experiences of poor whites through their occupations, society, and culture. He explores their family structure, music, religion, folklore, crafts, and politics and describes their attempts to resolve their own problems through labor unions and political movements. He reveals that many of our stereotypes about poor whites are wildly exaggerated; few were derelicts or "white trash." Even though racism, emotionalism, and a penchant for violence were possible among poor whites, most bore their troubles with dignity and self-respect - working hard to eventually lift themselves out of poverty.

The phrase "poor but proud" aptly describes many white Alabamians who settled the state and persisted through time. During the antebellum years, poor whites developed a distinctive culture on the periphery of the cotton belt. As herdsmen, subsistence farmers, mill workers, and miners, they flourished in a society more renowned for its two-class division of planters and slaves. The New Deal era and the advent of World War II broke the long downward spiral of poverty and afforded new opportunities for upward mobility.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817311506
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
488
Sales rank:
884,262
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface,
PART ONE. ORIGINS,
Chapter 1. "Unknown and Forgotten Ancestors",
Chapter 2. "A Poor Man's Fight",
PART TWO. OCCUPATIONS,
Chapter 3. "Looking for Something Better": Alabama's Farm Tenants,
Chapter 4. "A Sight to Gratify Any Philanthropist": Alabama's Textile Workers,
Chapter 5. "Dark as a Dungeon, Damp as a Dew": Alabama's Coal Miners,
Chapter 6. "A Man That's Lumbering as Long as Me Knows a Few Things": Alabama's Timber Workers,
Chapter 7. "Barefoot Man at the Gate": Iron Workers and Appalachian Farmers,
PART THREE. SOCIETY, CULTURE, AND POLITICS,
Chapter 8. "We Ain't Low-Down": Poor White Society,
Chapter 9. "Out of the Dust": Poor Folks' Culture,
Chapter 10. "The Fight Is Not Social": The Politics of Poverty,
PART FOUR. DISRUPTION AND INTEGRATION,
Chapter 11. "We Didn't Know the Difference": The Great Depression,
Chapter 12. "The Poor You Have with You Always": The Enduring Legacy,
Appendix 1. White Tenancy in Ten Selected Alabama Counties in 1880,
Appendix 2. 1897 Populist Voting Patterns and Agricultural Indigence in 1880,
Notes,
Bibliography,
Index,

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