I wholeheartedly recommend this article from the late Joe Bageant. It is one of the best things written by an American since the work of John Steinbeck, in my opinion, and gives us a completely different viewpoint of the life of the white working classes in small-town America. I have not re-blogged, as it is a long piece. Here is a link however, and I urge you to give it your time.
You will not be disappointed, and like me, you will be educated. Compelling and disturbing, written with heart and genius.