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African American Life and Culture in Orange Mound: Case by Charles Williams

By Charles Williams

African American existence and tradition in Orange Mound is an exploration of the stipulations of dwelling for citizens of a segregated subdivision within the deep south from 1890 to 1919. it's also a learn of latest techniques to group development in the course of a period of time of racial segregation and polarization. the city of Orange Mound, outfitted via Elzey E. Meacham as an all-black subdivision for “negroes,” represents a distinct bankruptcy in American background. there is not any different case, neither within the deep South nor within the a long way West, of this sort of super attempt at the a part of African american citizens to return jointly to occupy a carved out space—eventually making it right into a black neighborhood at the outskirts of Memphis on a former slave plantation.

The importance of “community” remains to be appropriate to our ever-evolving knowing of racial and ethnic formations within the South. This ethnography of neighborhood, relatives, and establishment within the latter 19th and early twentieth-century Shelby County Tennessee unearths the richness and complexity of group construction via an research of cultural and ancient group improvement, cost styles, kinship networks, and sociopolitical, monetary, and spiritual price platforms within the ancient black group of Orange Mound.

This study is the made from a radical ethnographic examine performed over a three-year interval which contains participation remark, in-depth interviews, textual research of kinfolk histories, newspapers, census info, and native govt and church files. even if textual research was once used during the textual content, its rationale was once to make use of the innovations and different types that have been correct and significant to the folk of Orange Mound.

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