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Liberia, South Carolina: An African American Appalachian Community (H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman) (Paperback)

Liberia, South Carolina: An African American Appalachian Community (H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman) By John M. Coggeshall Cover Image
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In 2007, while researching mountain culture in upstate South Carolina, anthropologist John M. Coggeshall stumbled upon the small community of Liberia in the Blue Ridge foothills. There he met Mable Owens Clarke and her family, the remaining members of a small African American community still living on land obtained immediately after the Civil War. This intimate history tells the story of five generations of the Owens family and their friends and neighbors, chronicling their struggles through slavery, Reconstruction, the Jim Crow era, and the desegregation of the state. Through hours of interviews with Mable and her relatives, as well as friends and neighbors, Coggeshall presents an ethnographic history that allows members of a largely ignored community to speak and record their own history for the first time. This story sheds new light on the African American experience in Appalachia, and in it Coggeshall documents the community's 150-year history of resistance to white oppression, while offering a new way to understand the symbolic relationship between residents and the land they occupy, tying together family, memory, and narratives to explain this connection.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781469640853
ISBN-10: 1469640856
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date: May 7th, 2018
Pages: 296
Language: English
Series: H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman