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“The term ["white trash"] came into use before the Civil War. When the English actress Fanny Kemble visited a Georgia plantation in the 1830s, she reported, ‘The slaves themselves entertain the very highest contempt for white servants, whom they designate as “poor white trash.” ’ The term was also in use at that time in […]

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Still more phrase-frequency charts from the indefatigable Google Books Ngram Reader: — sweet tea — Jesse Helms vs. Terry Sanford and Sam Ervin — Old North State vs. Tar Heel State. Only now has Tar Heel State become the more common usage? There’s something here I’m not getting. — redneck vs. white trash and hillbilly […]

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