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Making Gullah : a history of Sapelo Islanders, race, and the American imagination

Author: Melissa L Cooper
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2017]
Series: John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"During the 1920s and 1930s, anthropologists and folklorists became obsessed with uncovering connections between African Americans and their African roots. At the same time, popular print media and artistic productions tapped the new appeal of black folk life, highlighting African-styled voodoo as an essential element of black folk culture. A number of researchers converged on one site in particular, Sapelo Island,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Melissa L Cooper
ISBN: 9781469632674 1469632675 9781469632681 1469632683
OCLC Number: 959373112
Description: 292 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prologue : the misremembered past --
From wild savages to beloved primitives : Gullah folk take center stage --
The 1920s and 1930s voodoo craze : African survivals in American popular culture and the ivory tower --
Hunting survivals : W. Robert Moore, Lydia Parrish, and Lorenzo D. Turner discover Gullah folk on Sapelo Island --
Drums and shadows : the Federal Writers' Project, Sapelo Islanders, and the specter of African superstitions on Georgia's coast --
Reworking roots : Black women writers, the Sapelo interviews in Drums and shadows, and the making of a new Gullah folk --
Gone but not forgotten : Sapelo's vanishing folk and the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor --
Epilogue : from African survivals to the fight for survival.
Series Title: John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture.
Responsibility: Melissa L. Cooper.

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This wide-ranging history upends a long tradition of scrutinizing the Low Country blacks of Sapelo Island by refocusing the observational lens on those who studied them. What emerges is a fascinating  Read more...

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