Summary of Hillbilly Elegy is a powerful, riveting memoir that tells us about J.D. Vance’s journey from a young, troubled boy to a graduate of Yale Law School. He grew up in Appalachia – in a small town that was drug-torn and filled with misery. It’s very difficult to discern the discontent and rage coming from the working-class whites in modern America, but this book helps you understand why they behave the way they do. Yes, they may seem like a ‘bunch of lunatics,’ but at the end of the day, they are just like us. They do love their country and can do anything to save their honor. They cannot handle the slightest insult thrown at their family members and are extremely protective even though they lead dysfunctional lives.
The hillbilly men and women are easily ignored and this adds to their resentment. They have limited choices, and many of them are single mothers who get pregnant at a very young age. Children who grow up in these families often suffer for their entire lives simply because they can’t get over their childhood trauma. But, despite all these obstacles, there are many who make it and live the American Dream. If the working-class whites want to progress anywhere, they need to first recognize the faults in themselves, and though it’s not easy to be fixed, it’s important to realize that it’s never too late to try.
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