To understand Donald Trump’s ascendance, begin with this question: Why are Americans so reluctant to talk about the enduring character of our class system?
Nancy Isenberg is the author of White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America and Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in Biography and won the Oklahoma Book Award for best book in Nonfiction. She is the co-author, with Andrew Burstein, of Madison and Jefferson. She is the T. Harry Williams Professor of American History at LSU, and writes regularly for Salon.com. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Charlottesville, Virginia.