Blacks in Appalachia

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William Hobart Turner, Edward J. Cabbell
University Press of Kentucky, 1985 - History - 277 pages
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Although southern Appalachia is popularly seen as a purely white enclave, blacks have lived in the region from early times. Some hollows and coal camps are in fact almost exclusively black settlements. The selected readings in this new book offer the first comprehensive presentation of the black experience in Appalachia.

Organized topically, the selections deal with the early history of blacks in the region, with studies of the black communities, with relations between blacks and whites, with blacks in coal mining, and with political issues. Also included are a section on oral accounts of black experiences and an analysis of black Appalachian demography. The contributors range from Carter Woodson and W. E. B. Du Bois to more recent scholars such as Theda Perdue and David A. Corbin. An introduction by the editors provides an overall context for the selections.

Blacks in Appalachia focuses needed attention on a neglected area of Appalachian studies. It will be a valuable resource for students of Appalachia and of black history.

  

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Contents

Athens of the West
1
The Lincolns of Fayette
16
The Early Todds
25
The Little Trader from Hickman Creek
30
Mary Ann Todd
46
6 Slavery in the Bluegrass
70
Grist to the Mill
81
The True American
99
Milly and Alfred
176
The Buried Years
192
Storm Clouds
209
Rebellion
239
Stirring Days in Kentucky
269
Problems of State and InLaw Trouble
299
With Malice toward None
320
Lilac Time
352

The Lincolns Visit Lexington
120
Widow Sprigg and Buena Vista
141
A House Divided
157
Notes
359
Index
387
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About the author (1985)

William H. Turner is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Kentucky State University.

Edward J. Cabbell is director of the John Henry Memorial Foundation in West Virginia.