The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People : an Untold Story of Ethnic Cleansing in America

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Mercer University Press, 1997 - History - 180 pages
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As early as 1654, English and French explorers in the southern Appalachians reported seeing dark-skinned, brown- and blue-eyed, and European-featured people speaking broken Elizabethan English, living in cabins, tilling the land, smelting silver, practicing Christianity, and, most perplexing of all, claiming to be "Portyghee." Declared "free persons of color" in the late 1700s by the English and Scottish-Irish immigrants, the Melungeons, as they were known, were driven off their lands and denied voting rights, education, and the right to judicial process. The law was enforced mercilessly and sometimes violently in the resoundingly successful effort to totally disenfranchise these earliest American settlers.

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Review: The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People : An Untold Story of Ethnic Cleansing in America

User Review  - Lori Harris - Goodreads

I had heard of the Melungeons before but this has really helped bring some pieces together. I have roots from the virginia area with some of the surnames listed in the book. I also have famuily rumors ... Read full review

Review: The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People: An Untold Story of Ethnic Cleansing in America

User Review  - Xysea - Goodreads

I had heard about the Melungeons from my best friend, whose family is Kentucky born/bred on one side, and Arkansas born/bred on the other. I have this thing about lost civilizations, and peoples, so ... Read full review

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N. Brent Kennedy is founder of the Melungeon Research Committee and author of the acclaimed The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People.

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