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The Mythic Whiteness of the Hillbilly

Ellen Wayland-Smith Boston Review
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.

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Don’t Watch Hillbilly Elegy — Listen to Dolly Parton Instead

Marianela D’Aprile Jacobin
Netflix announced the forthcoming movie adaptation of JD Vance’s reactionary, victim-blaming book Hillbilly Elegy yesterday. But why would anyone seek answers about life in Appalachia from a right-wing former venture capitalist?
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