Ethnic Heritage in Mississippi: The Twentieth Century

Ethnic Heritage in Mississippi: The Twentieth Century

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Throughout its history, Mississippi has seen a small, steady stream of immigrants, and those identities--sometimes submerged, sometimes hidden--have helped shape the state in important ways. Amid renewed interest in identity, the Mississippi Humanities Council has commissioned a companion volume to its earlier book that studied ethnicity in the state from the period 1500-1900. This new book, Ethnic Heritage in Mississippi: The Twentieth Century, offers stories of immigrants overcoming obstacles, immigrants newly arrived, and long-settled groups witnessing a revitalized claim to membership. The book examines twentieth-century immigration trends, explores the reemergence of ethnic identity, and undertakes case studies of current ethnic groups.

Some of the groups featured in the volume include Chinese, Latino, Lebanese, Jewish, Filipino, South Asian, and Vietnamese communities. The book also examines Biloxi as a city that has long attracted a diverse population and takes a look at the growth in identity affiliation among people of European descent. The book is funded in part by a "We the People" grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617032639
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 02/09/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Shana Walton is assistant professor of English at Nicholls State University. Formerly, she was director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at the University of Southern Mississippi, program coordinator for the statewide Mississippi Oral History Project, and project director for the Mississippi Civil Rights Oral History Bibliography.

Barbara Carpenter is the director of the Mississippi Humanities Council.

Table of Contents

Foreword Barbara Carpenter vii

Introduction. Ethnicity in Mississippi: Stories Worth Telling Shana Walton 3

Section I Immigrants, Identity, and Sites of Connection

1 The International Immigrants of Mississippi: An Overview Carl L. Bankston III 15

2 European Mississippians Celeste Ray 32

3 African American Sacred and Secular Identities in Mississippi's Piney Woods Joyce Marie Jackson 74

4 The Story of Mound Bayou Amy L. Young Milburn J. Crowe 98

5 Down Around Biloxi: An Overview of Ethnic and Occupational Identity in a Coastal Town Aimee L. Schmidt 122

Section II Ethnicity in a Biracial Culture

6 Mississippi Delta Chinese Emily Erwin Jones Frieda Quon 145

7 Mississippi Mahjar: The Lebanese Immigration Experience in the Delta James Thomas 172

8 Chai Cotton: Jewish Life in Mississippi Stuart Rockoff 193

9 "Chahta Siyah Ókih": Ethnicity in the Oral Tradition of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Tom Mould 219

Section III Local Changes, Global Forces

10 The Vietnamese in Mississippi Vy Thuc Dao 263

11 The Changing Face of Hindu Identity in Jackson, Mississippi Devparna Roy Lola Williamson 284

12 Filipinas in the Deep South: Reading Domestic Oral Narratives as Sites of Politicization andtornmunity Building Linda Pierce Allen 309

13 The Genesis of a New Ethnic Group?: The Meanings of Latino/Hispanic Identity in South Mississippi Bridget Anne Hayden 333

Postscript. Celebrating Heritage and Recognizing Complexity and Change in Mississippi Culture Shana Walton 353

Contributors 367

Index 371

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