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By John C. Inscoe

ISBN-10: 0813121736

ISBN-13: 9780813121734

African americans have had a profound influence at the economic system, tradition, and social panorama of southern Appalachia yet basically after a surge of research within the final 20 years have their contributions been famous through white tradition. Appalachians and Race brings jointly 18 essays at the black event within the mountain South within the 19th century. those essays offer a extensive and numerous sampling of the easiest paintings on race relatives during this area. The participants contemplate numerous themes: black migration into and out of the zone, academic and non secular missions directed at African americans, the musical impacts of interracial contacts, the political activism of blacks in the course of reconstruction and past, the racial attitudes of white highlanders, and masses extra. Drawing from the details of southern mountain reviews, this assortment brings jointly very important stories of the dynamics of race not just in the zone, yet during the South and the country over the process the turbulent 19th century.

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The lasting impact of direct and initial contact with strong African American musical traditions also reveals striking diversity. In Big Stone Gap, black traditions were interwoven with a great variety of other influences. As a crossroads of several early migration routes and later of mining traffic, Big Stone Gap was exposed to more diverse cultural and regional traditions than either APPALACHIAN ECHOES OF THE AFRICAN BANJO 37 Sugar Grove or Round Peak. The family of Dock Boggs alone included brothers who played downstroking (John), two-finger (Roscoe and Dock), and threefinger banjo (Dock).

Before the Revolutionary War, as “Royal and Proprietary oppressions became more distasteful, migration into Ashe increased and by 1775 was in a steady stream. North Carolinians . . ” Some of the early white settlers brought black slaves with them, and this route gave them extensive access to the mountains. The 1790 census listed ten slaves in the area that would become Ashe County in 1799. When the 1830 census was compiled, the number of slaves had increased to 492. ”8 Whites in this region and in most other mountain areas had mixed feelings about the approaching Civil War.

9 In addition to these political attitudes among the majority of residents, some in Ashe County demonstrated racial tolerance toward free blacks. They were permitted to remain in the area, and runaway slaves sometimes found refuge with local residents. Two mountains, Nigger Mountain (now called Mount Jefferson) and Mulatto Mountain, were named for African Americans. 10 This tradition reveals that at least some residents were not only Union sympathizers but were working actively for the abolition of slavery.

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