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Campus Book Discussion (2018): Hillbilly Elegy


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The first four chapters establish the narrative boundaries of Hillbilly Elegy ​wherein Vance draws attention to notions of home and the American Dream. Those themes are informed by poverty and community decay and as such directly raise the questions concerning the nature of home and sense of place, as well as what the American Dream for poor Whites in Appalachia might look like in a labor and industrial market that no longer favors a low to unskilled workforce. 

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