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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Alright ya'll. This is coming from the real deal. I am from the South. My heritage is very similar to Kennedy's. I enjoyed this book, and can relate to Kennedy on many levels.I looked up pictures of the people at these Melungeon conventions and they can't hold a candle to my "exotic look." When I ask my elders about our heritage, I am quickly silenced and told that whatever I find out, don't go flaunting it around, its from a long time ago. The true key to "Melungeons" lie in Virginia, North and South Carolina. What label someone uses depends on the location of the individual. The Brass Ankles,The Lumbees, Redbones, The "tri-racial isolate theory, all of that and the Melungeons is relative to the particular individual. Now when I asked my Granny if she had heard of Melungeons she scoffed and said no. She knew of the Lumbees and the Brass Ankles. The Native American blood that many Southerners have is just as taboo by itself, depending on the family. That has to do with our location, North and South Carolina. Yes, many families are all related, just migration patterns determined who they were. My Granny told me she would rather find out we were part Black than Indian because Indians are heathens. Her parents were connected to the KKK in SC. She was 99 years old at the time. 

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first of all the facts of the family are all screwed up there is a much bigger update of the Mullins family like spotted Dave Mullins to Virginia Jane Short they had a lot more children including my GRGRGR grandfather there son Andrew Jackson "Andy" Mullins and there is more siblings and also don't be confused Andrew Jackson "Brandy Jack" Mullins were both first cousins and both were in Prison for the same crime....... they need to take this off line or not sell the book if they can't get there facts straight...... 

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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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