From JOE BAGEANT
The following is the introduction to Joe Bageant’s newly released book, Rainbow Pie: A Redneck Memoir
Did you ever stand and shiver, because you was lookin’ in a river …? ~ Folksinger Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
The United States has always maintained a white underclass — citizens whose role in the greater scheme of things has been to cushion national economic shocks through the disposability of their labor, with occasional time off to serve as bullet magnets in defense of the Empire. Until the post-World War II era, the existence of such an underclass was widely acknowledged. During the Civil War, for instance, many northern abolitionists also called for the liberation of “four million miserable white southerners held in bondage by the wealthy planter class”. Planter elites, who often held several large plantations which, together, constituted much or most of a county’s economy, saw to it that poor whites got no schooling, money, or political power. Poll taxes and More Joe Bageant..