The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People. An Untold Story of Ethnic Cleansing in America / Edition 2

The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People. An Untold Story of Ethnic Cleansing in America / Edition 2

by N. Brent Kennedy
     
 

As early as 1654, English and French explorers in the southern Appalachians reported seeing dark-skinned, brown- and blue-eyed, and European-featured people speaking broken Elizabethan English, living in cabins, tilling the land, smelting silver, practicing Christianity, and, most perplexing of all, claiming to be "Portyghee." Declared "free persons of color" in the… See more details below

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As early as 1654, English and French explorers in the southern Appalachians reported seeing dark-skinned, brown- and blue-eyed, and European-featured people speaking broken Elizabethan English, living in cabins, tilling the land, smelting silver, practicing Christianity, and, most perplexing of all, claiming to be "Portyghee." Declared "free persons of color" in the late 1700s by the English and Scottish-Irish immigrants, the Melungeons, as they were known, were driven off their lands and denied voting rights, education, and the right to judicial process. The law was enforced mercilessly and sometimes violently in the resoundingly successful effort to totally disenfranchise these earliest American settlers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865545168
Publisher:
Mercer University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Series:
The Melungeons Ser.
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
180
Sales rank:
531,922
Product dimensions:
5.97(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.48(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1A Cry from the Grave1
Ch. 2In the Beginning9
Ch. 3No Place to Hide. Part 1. Momma's Side21
Ch. 4No Place to Hide. Part 2. Daddy's Side71
Ch. 5Genesis: Whence We Came89
Ch. 6Putting It All Together137
AppCommon Melungeon and Related Surnames171
Index175

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