Ambiguous lives : free women of color in rural Georgia, 1789-1879 /
Adele Logan Alexander.
Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 1991.
xiii, 268 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
1557282145 (alk. paper)
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Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 1991.
1557282145 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-251) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1991-08:
As Alexander confesses at the outset, hers is a family history more than a sociological or historical essay. In trying to recover the lives of the coterie of mixed-race women (and men) of middle Georgia, she embarks on a personal journey to her own Cherokee, black, and white forebears. She finds that the small, rural, mixed-race families were neither black nor white, sharing allegiances and characteristics of both races with whom they lived in often intimate contact. She gives a fascinating account of life inside ``the big house'' on the Sayre plantation, reminding us of the countless complex ways whites and blacks interacted. Her vivid, if somewhat exaggerated, recounting of heretofore forgotten people lacks the sophistication of Gary B. Mills's The Forgotten People: Cane River's Creoles of Color ( LJ 7/77), about a Louisiana family, or the sweep of Joel Williamson's New People ( LJ 9/15/80), and her findings are hardly news. Still, the story compels. For university libraries.-- Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
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