The Original Underclass: Poor white Americans' current crisis shouldn't have caught the rest of the country as off guard as it has

DonaldTrumpThis article by Alec MacGillis, published by The Atlantic profiles two recently published books on the history of the white underclass in the United States. MacGillis compares White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg (published by Viking) and Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance (published by Harper) and in the process explains the appeal of presidential nominee Donald Trump. Read more