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Nancy Isenberg
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What are your initial reactions to the English descriptions of waste people? Are their descriptions and subsequent policies rooted in a sheer prejudice against the poor and homeless population? Or, are they at all justified?

It is easy for historical memory to distort the appearance of historical events. Thus, it is important for the reader to look at seemingly extreme policies (such as expelling your homeless to a new continent) as reactionary policies instead of ideas rooted in firmly entrenched belief systems.

Relate the split of the North and South Carolina colonies with the split between the Union and the Confederacy during the Civil War.

North and South Carolina came to represent two vastly different groups of people, who arguably did not travel far between the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. The class differences rooted in labor and land ownership were driving factors in both schisms.

Does the popularity of the luxury motor home in modern times make you question the stigma Isenberg attaches to motor homes and their accompanying lifestyle?

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