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Video: J.D. Vance| America’s Forgotten Working Class

J.D. Vance grew up in a small, poor city in the Rust Belt of southern Ohio, where he had a front-row seat to many of the social ills plaguing America: a heroin epidemic, failing schools, families torn apart by divorce and sometimes violence. In a searching talk that will echo throughout the country’s working-class towns, the author details what the loss of the American Dream feels like and raises an important question that everyone from community leaders to policy makers needs to ask: How can we help kids from America’s forgotten places break free from hopelessness and live better lives?

J.D. Vance grew up in Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served in Iraq. A graduate of the Ohio State University and Yale Law School, he has contributed to the National Review and is a principal at a leading Silicon Valley investment firm. Vance lives in San Francisco with his wife and two dogs. He is the author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.

Running time: 14 minutes

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5 comments on “Video: J.D. Vance| America’s Forgotten Working Class

  1. gdrew2013
    August 7, 2021

    Thanks for posting this. I’m one of those lucky kids, and Vance is dead-on. George


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  2. rhoff1949
    August 7, 2021

    You gotta be kidding me. This guy is a three dollar bill if I ever saw one. His Hillbilly Elegy is misrepresentation with a blunt instrument. But that book turns out to have been the perfect first act of a farce that now includes his Trump-blessed political career.

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    • Vox Populi
      August 7, 2021

      Thanks, Richard. I actually liked Hillbilly Elegy, but since I came from a background like his, I’m a sucker for this kind of story. I wasn’t aware until I read your comment that Vance was running for the Senate as a Republican and, like every other Republican, seeking Trump’s endorsement. I’m disappointed, but not surprised.

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      • rhoff1949
        August 7, 2021

        I come from a rustbelt city, Allentown, PA, which imploded when Mack trucks and Bethlehem Steel pulled out. I found Vance’s whole up by your bootstraps and too bad if you can’t you benighted loser shtick offensive in the extreme. As you say, it’s no shock: that each for himself bullshit is right out of Ayn Rand and is straight up the dogma of movement conservative. Vance? Nope. Nope. Nopity nope.

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