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Ellen Wayland-Smith

Ellen Wayland Smith is associate professor of writing at the University of Southern California and author of The Angel in the Marketplace: Adwoman Jean Wade Rindlaub and the Selling of America and Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table.

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Elizabeth Catte’s new book examines how Virginia progressives believed the forced sterilization of poor whites would pave the way to a bright future—and how their legacy endures in national parks and prisons.

Ellen Wayland-Smith
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Ron Howard’s Netflix adaptation of ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ continues a long tradition of seeing hillbillies as a symbol of pristine American whiteness. It’s the same nostalgia Trump has mobilized on the far right.

Ellen Wayland-Smith