marion wolcott

The barely veiled implication, whichever version you consider, is that the people undergoing these travails deserve relatively little sympathy—that they maybe, kinda had this reckoning coming. Either they are layabouts drenched in self-pity or they are sad cases consumed with racial status anxiety and animus toward the nonwhites passing them on the ladder.

Partnered with Propublica, Alec MacGillis writes a strikingly, important exposé about an oft-ignored demographic: poor white Americans in

The Original Underclass

(photo credit: Marion Post Wolcott / The Library of Congress)