What's the Matter with White People: Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was

What's the Matter with White People: Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was

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by Joan Walsh
     
 

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One of America's most popular online columnists asks "Which came first: the class war or the culture war?"

"In this wonderfully insightful book, Joan Walsh shows how America built a large and vibrant (although mostly white) middle class that fueled the greatest economic boom in history and made a reality of the American dream. Hers is the story of postwar

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One of America's most popular online columnists asks "Which came first: the class war or the culture war?"

"In this wonderfully insightful book, Joan Walsh shows how America built a large and vibrant (although mostly white) middle class that fueled the greatest economic boom in history and made a reality of the American dream. Hers is the story of postwar America told through a working class New York Irish Catholic family whose political divisions mirrored the nation's. Moving and powerful, her account will help people of all races think through how we can build a just and prosperous multiracial America."
Robert B. Reich

"A brilliant and illuminating book about America since the upheavals of the '60s and '70s. What's the Matter with White People? is about the heart and soul of America, from our Founding Fathers to Hillary and Barack.It's about our middle class, which so recently flourished, and how it has been injured and diminished almost beyond repair by greed and racist fear-mongering. It's about America's greatness and delusion, the betrayal of the working class, and the fragmentation of the Democratic party. It's about how Walsh's own Irish Catholic family from New York was treated, responded and fared in the years between Richard Nixon and Barack Obama Walsh writes with passion, precision, and insight into how racism has made such a bold public comeback. Her book was heaven for a political junkie like me, somehow managing to be painful and exhilarating at the same time."
—Anne Lamott

"Joan Walsh's reflections and observations from her personal journey as an Irish Catholic daughter of a Northeastern blue collar family provide a unique window into the hearts, aspirations, anguish, anger, fears, and pride of white working class voters during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. No one can properly understand current class politics and race relations in America unless they've read this book."
Dr. Clarence B. Jones

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118237243
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
07/30/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
596,515
File size:
941 KB

Meet the Author

JOAN WALSH is editor at large of Salon and an MSNBC political analyst. She spent six years as Salon's editor in chief.

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Whats the Matter with White People: Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
RWRyley More than 1 year ago
After decades of government bashing by the right, white people have lost touch with some important 20th century history. Joan points out that it was government, after all, that enabled a generation of whites to climb the economic ladder with the New Deal, GI-Bill, and other post depression and post WW-II programs. Helping generations of whites with jobs to get through the depression with a variety of New Deal programs. The GI-Bill created tens of thousands of new college graduates. With government funding we built roads, hospitals, established Social Security to provide a level of retirement support. The middle working class was created and they largely identified with the Democratic Party as their standard of living improved. Walsh tells the story from the perspective of her Irish Catholic family. She shares all the fears and tribulations that arose out of the cultural changes 60s and 70s. We learn how Nixon's Republicans used the campus revolts to exploit middle class whites. They used fear of the civil rights movement to fool whites that equality for blacks meant less economic opportunity for whites. Joan walks us through to current times and the "majority vs minority" politics of division that threaten our future. The Republicans talk about "job creating" and "economic opportunity." In reality they spread images of a zero-sum game and then convince whites they're losing because others are taking what's theirs. Walsh shows us how it all happened. While Joan Wash makes no bones about being a progressive Democrat, she does not spare the Democratic Party. She points out crucial mistakes and how they have often played into the GOP's games of fear and division. If you want to know how it all happened and what we can do to fix it, this is the book. I consider it a must read in this political year of 2012.
winterbanyan More than 1 year ago
I didn't expect where this book was going, and I suspect the author didn't either. I came from a big Irish family, and this answered a lot of questions for me about the political changes I saw back in the 70s. But more than that, it's a loving story of a big family and its myths. I shed a few tears, too. Thanks, Ms. Walsh, for your searing honesty, your love and your understanding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent well written book. Ms. Walsh explains her premise in an interesting and entertaining manner. She is empathic and understanding of the subjects of her book. Recommend highly.
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Ms. Walsh have read my mind! Great insight!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go cash the welfare check and get some crack then have another dozen kids so we can pay for them too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liberal garbage dont bothet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
poorly written with multiple spelling errors and grammatical mistakes Besies,,Joan Walsh is a racist for not calling out White Liberal racism against one of her minions. I don't know when calling a Black man an Uncle Tom is not racist, but appearently Joan Walsh has no issues with it This is trash and its a shame trees died for this junk
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a waste of time and money