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The Protestant Establishment: Aristocracy and Caste in America

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  • The Protestant Establishment: Aristocracy and Caste in America (Yale University Press) – Trade paperback (1987)
    by E Digby Baltzell

    The Protestant Establishment: Aristocracy and Caste in America

    Trade paperback, Yale University Press
    1987
    English
    448 pages

    ISBN: 0300038186
    ISBN-13: 9780300038187

    This classic account of the traditional upper class in America traces its origins, lifestyles, and political and social attitudes from the time of Theodore Roosevelt to that of John F. Kennedy. Sociologist E. Digby Baltzell describes the problems of exclusion and prejudice within the community of white Anglo-Saxon Protestants (or WASPs, an acronym he coined) and predicts with amazing accuracy what will happen when this inbred group is forced to share privilege and power with talented members of minority groups. "The book ... Show more

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JohnHazard

Brilliant, Insightful -- and Hopelessly Dated

by JohnHazard on Nov 12, 2009

E. Digby Baltzell taught at Penn during my college days there. He was a popular professor and is credited with coining the term "WASP". Baltzell was one of the first sociologists to study the American upper class as a legitimate cultural sub-set. Before him, most books on rich Americans were gossipy ... More

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