Poor but Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites

Poor but Proud Alabama s Poor Whites First published in by The University of Alabama Press Poor but Proud was met with critical acclaim and awarded the Lillian Smith prize in nonfiction as well as being named a CHOICE Outstan

  • Title: Poor but Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites
  • Author: Wayne Flynt
  • ISBN: 9780817311506
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 experiencesFirst 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 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.

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    1 thought on “Poor but Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites”

    1. Poverty, unlike politics, is color-blind; despite the association of US poverty with urban blacks or migrant workers, poverty is alive and well in 'majority' whites. Poor But Proud is a social history of Alabama's working poor, beginning with the state's early settlement and continuing onward through the 1980s, though the chief focus ends with the Great Depression. In addition to covering the primary occupations of the poor (farming, textile mills, timbering, and coal mines), Flynt addresses the [...]

    2. Very interesting but, like most academic history books, very very detailed. I skimmed some parts. I really liked the part about Alabama agricultural life prior to the Civil War and how that changed as a result of it. I didn't realize just how significant of a change it was. I also liked the part about experimental communities created during the New Deal, like the mud houses in Mt. Olive, near where I live.

    3. As a native of Alabama whose maternal family were poor but proud whites mining coal and growing their own food in Marion and Winston counties, this book helped me understand them better and how their fierce pride often hurt them and kept them poor. Wayne Flynt is an Alabama treasure and our state's conscience. He is my hero for being unafraid to tell it like it is.

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