THE SOUTHERN POOR-WHITE by Shields McIlwaine

THE SOUTHERN POOR-WHITE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An interesting piece of research, nicely handled -- recounting the social story of the poor whites and the literary treatment through various periods from the 18th century to Erskine Caldwell. Crackers, peckerwoods, woolhats, cajuns et al. How this class came to be, isolation breeding ignorance, climate breeding listlessness, plantations and slavery putting stigma on lowly tasks. Four periods of literary treatment.

Publisher: Oklahoma Press