The Protestant Establishment: Aristocracy and Caste in America

  title={The Protestant Establishment: Aristocracy and Caste in America},
  author={E. Digby Baltzell},
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… 
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