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US presidential election: the roots of the rage

If you want to make sense of this insensible election year, lend a hillbilly your ear

By Diane Roberts   November 2016

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Americans—white Americans, anyway—used to cherish the fantasy that the United States doesn’t have a class system. Your parentage didn’t matter. Your accent didn’t matter. Where you went to school didn’t matter. If you had talent, gumption and a rock-ribbed work ethic, you, too, could get rich. Or become President. You could reinvent yourself, turn James Gatz into Jay Gatsby or…

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