It all boils down to the tribal impulse. When lower middle class Whites see their status slopping away, they don’t blame the better off of their own kind, they blame the “other.” Thus it has always been, but folks only have a thirty year time frame so it all seems new to them.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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