Appalachians and Race: The Mountain South from Slavery to Segregation

Appalachians and Race: The Mountain South from Slavery to Segregation

by John C. Inscoe
     
 

African Americans have had a profound impact on the economy, culture, and social landscape of southern Appalachia but only after a surge of study in the last two decades have their contributions been recognized by white culture. Appalachians and Race brings together 18 essays on the black experience in the mountain South in the nineteenth century. These essays

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African Americans have had a profound impact on the economy, culture, and social landscape of southern Appalachia but only after a surge of study in the last two decades have their contributions been recognized by white culture. Appalachians and Race brings together 18 essays on the black experience in the mountain South in the nineteenth century. These essays provide a broad and diverse sampling of the best work on race relations in this region. The contributors consider a variety of topics: black migration into and out of the region, educational and religious missions directed at African Americans, the musical influences of interracial contacts, the political activism of blacks during reconstruction and beyond, the racial attitudes of white highlanders, and much more. Drawing from the particulars of southern mountain experiences, this collection brings together important studies of the dynamics of race not only within the region, but throughout the South and the nation over the course of the turbulent nineteenth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813191270
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
02/14/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
338
Sales rank:
1,236,257
Product dimensions:
0.76(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Slavery and antislavery in Appalachia16
2Appalachian echoes of the African banjo27
3Georgia's forgotten miners : African Americans and the Georgia gold rush of 182940
4Slavery in the Kanawha salt industry50
5Sam Williams, forgeman : the life of an industrial slave at Buffalo Forge, Virginia74
6"A source of great economy"? : the railroad and slavery's expansion in Southwest Virginia, 1850-1860101
7Put in master's pocket : cotton expansion and interstate slave trading in the mountain south116
8A free black slave owner in East Tennessee : the strange case of Adam Waterford133
9Olmsted in Appalachia : a Connecticut Yankee encounters slavery and racism in the Southern Highlands, 1854154
10Race and the roots of Appalachian poverty : Clay County, Kentucky, 1850-1910165
11Slavery's end in East Tennessee189
12Southern mountain republicans and the Negro, 1865-1900199
13Negotiating the terms of freedom : the quest for education in an African American community in Reconstruction North Georgia220
14The Salem school and orphanage : white missionaries, black school235
15"What does America need so much as Americans?" : race and northern reconciliation with Southern Appalachia, 1870-1900245
16African American convicts in the coal mines of Southern Appalachia259
17The formation of black community in Southern West Virginia coalfields284
18Racial violence, lynchings, and modernization in the mountain south302

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