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  - Samantha - Goodreads

This was a good book in beginning to understanding the Melungeons. I had heard of them before but this book helped peak my interest to research this group of people more to better understand them, the problems they have faced and the fact that their roots here in America are right at my back door. Read full review

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

User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

Interesting little corner of American history. I hope one day someone does DNA studies to verify the different origin theories. 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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