Published on: May 14th, 2024

AWC Lecture, Batya- Second Class

Washington D.C.-- On Tuesday evening, Hillsdale in D.C held an AWC lecture featured Batya Ungar- Sargon, author of the new book Second Class: How the Elites Betrayed America's Working Men and Women at the Heritage Foundation.

She shared her research from speaking with everyday working-class Americans all over the country, those who were fighting tooth and nail to survive. She talks about the interviews she conducted from people of all races, political orientations, and occupations and explained brief insights into their lives and the everyday struggles they face.
Ungar- Sargon discussed the strategies and policies that the working class thinks would bring improvement and was surprised to discover how non-polarizing this group of people was, although they voted for all different parties. She talked about finding out that the way the working class votes only reflects a portion of their political views and very little of their larger identities.
She encouraged the group that more unites of than divides us and that the leaders that take a vested interest in the working class will find the most success.

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About Hillsdale in D.C.

Hillsdale in D.C. is an extension of the teaching mission of Hillsdale College to Washington, D.C. Its purpose is to teach the Constitution and the principles that give it meaning. Through the study of original source documents from American history—and of older books that formed the education of America’s founders—it seeks to inspire students, teachers, citizens, and policymakers to return the America’s principles to their central place in the political life of the nation.

About Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is an independent liberal arts college located in southern Michigan. Founded in 1844, the College has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 5.7 million. For more information, visit