The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 6: Ethnicity

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Transcending familiar categories of "black" and "white," this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture complicates and enriches our understanding of "southernness" by identifying the array of cultures that combined to shape the South. This exploration of southern ethnicities examines the ways people perform and maintain cultural identities through folklore, religious faith, dress, music, speech, cooking, and transgenerational tradition.

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Overview

Transcending familiar categories of "black" and "white," this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture complicates and enriches our understanding of "southernness" by identifying the array of cultures that combined to shape the South. This exploration of southern ethnicities examines the ways people perform and maintain cultural identities through folklore, religious faith, dress, music, speech, cooking, and transgenerational tradition.

Accessibly written and informed by the most recent research that recovers the ethnic diversity of the early South and documents the more recent arrival of new cultural groups, this volume greatly expands upon the modest Ethnic Life section of the original Encyclopedia. Contributors describe 88 ethnic groups that have lived in the South from the Mississippian period (1000-1600) to the present. They include 34 American Indian groups, as well as the many communities with European, African, and Asian cultural ties that came to the region after 1600. Southerners from all backgrounds are likely to find themselves represented here.

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"Gathers a wide variety of useable information for scholars and non-scholars alike."
Louisiana History

"Any serious student of Southern History will want access to the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture."
The Historian

"Each essay and individual entry is concise, informative and well written."
American Reference Books Annual

For newcomers, natives, and anyone else, this volume on ethnicity in the U.S. South is at once eye-opening, thorough, and engrossing.
—James Peacock, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807831236
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Series: The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Celeste Ray is associate professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She has published four previous books, including Highland Heritage: Scottish Americans in the American South (UNC Press).

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Table of Contents


General Introduction     xi
Introduction     xvii
Ethnicity and Creolization     1
American Indians     33
Europeans     41
Historic African Ethnicities     56
Latinos     65
South and East Asian Ethnicities     72
Southern Appalachia and Mountain People     82
Southerners     89
Afro-Cubans     93
Alabama-Coushattas     94
Appalachian African Americans     96
Barbadians     98
Black Seminoles     99
Brass Ankles/Redbones     102
Caddos     104
Cajuns     106
Cambodians     108
Canary Islanders (Islenos)     110
Catawbas     112
Cherokees, Eastern Band     114
Cherokees, Prior to Removal     116
Chickasaws     119
Chickasaws in the 20th Century     120
Chinese     122
Chitimachas     125
Choctaws     126
Coharies     129
Conchs     130
Coonasses     132
Coushattas     133
Creoles     135
Cubans     137
Czechs     138
English     141
French     143
Germans     145
Greeks     147
Guatemalan Mayans     150
Gullahs     152
Haitians     154
Haliwa-Saponis     155
Hmong     157
Houmas     159
Huguenots     161
Hungarians of Livingston Parish, Louisiana     162
Igbos     164
Indians (East)     166
Irish, Contemporary     168
Irish, Historic     170
Italians     171
Jena Band Choctaws     173
Jews     175
Jews, Sephardic     177
Kickapoos     179
Koreans     181
Lumbees     182
Meherrins     184
Melungeons     185
Mestizos     187
Mexicans     189
Minorcans     192
Monacans     194
Moravians     196
MOWA Choctaws     198
Muskogees (Creeks)     199
Natchez     201
Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Indians      203
Ozarkers     204
Poarch Creeks     206
Powhatans     208
Puerto Ricans     210
Quapaws     211
Romanies     213
Russians     215
Salzburgers     216
Sapponys     218
Scots, Highland     220
Scots-Irish     222
Seminoles and Miccosukees     224
Shawnees     226
Spanish     228
Swiss     230
Syrians and Lebanese     232
Texans     234
Tigua Indians of Ysleta del Sur Pueblo     236
Travellers     237
Tunica-Biloxi     239
Turks     241
Tuscaroras     242
Vietnamese     244
Waccamaw-Siouans     246
Waldensians     247
West Indians     250
Wichitas     251
Yorubas     252
Yuchis     254
Index of Contributors     257
Index     259
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