Meredith McCarroll is director of writing and rhetoric at Bowdoin College. She is the author of “Unwhite: Appalachia, Race, and Film” (2018) and co-editor of “Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy” (2019). She was born and raised in Waynesville, North Carolina.
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As J.D. Vance enters as a freshman senator, we risk misunderstanding him as a passive figure with no clear agenda, as merely a tool of Peter Thiel or Donald Trump. To make sense of Vance’s project, we must fathom the complex positioning of a new white exceptionalism in America.