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Making Gullah : a history of Sapelo Islanders, race, and the American imagination / Melissa L. Cooper.

Cooper, Melissa L., (author.).

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  • 4 of 4 copies available at SC LENDS. (Show)
  • 3 of 3 copies available at Beaufort County Library System.

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Beaufort - Hilton Head Branch 305.8961 COO (Text) 0530005997593 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Beaufort - St. Helena Branch 305.8961 COO (Text) 0530005628572 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Beaufort - St. Helena Branch GG 305.8961 COO (Text) 0530005628581 Adult Gullah Geeche Collection Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781469632674
  • ISBN: 9781469632681
  • Physical Description: 292 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2017]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
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, 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 -- From African survivals to the fight for survival.
Summary, etc.:
"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, Georgia, to seek support for their theories about "African survivals," bringing with them a curious mix of both influences. The legacy of that body of research is the area's contemporary identification as a Gullah community. 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. Cooper uses a wide variety of sources to unmask the connections between the rise of the social sciences, the voodoo craze during the interwar years, the black studies movement, and black land loss and land struggles in coastal black communities in the Low Country. What emerges is a fascinating examination of Gullah people's heritage, and how it was reimagined and transformed to serve vastly divergent ends over the decades." —publisher.
Subject: Gullahs > Gerogia > Sapelo Island.
African Americans > Georgia > Sapelo Island > Social life and customs.
African Americans > Georgia > Sapelo Island > History.
Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.
Historic sites > South Atlantic States > History.
National parks and reserves > South Atlantic States > History.
Topic Heading: Gullah-Geechee Collection.

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