African Americans at Mars Bluff, South Carolina /
Amelia Wallace Vernon.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1993.
xiii, 309 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
080711846X (hard : alk. paper) :
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Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1993.
080711846X (hard : alk. paper) :
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [279]-291) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-07:
Vernon, a white native of this South Carolina pine belt, became interested in the history of African Americans in Mars Bluff as a result of efforts to preserve two early 19th century African American houses in the village. Vernon became acquainted with Archie Waiters, a friendship that inspired her to produce this book. During the two decades she spent on this manuscript, Vernon interviewed a number of black residents of Mars Bluff, but Waiters remained her principal informant. The book is important for several reasons. First, it is one of a very small number of works dealing with the inland black culture of South Carolina. Second, it provides new evidence of the deleterious long-term consequences of slavery. Third, it is very readable; the text consists of liberal quotes from interviews accompanied by more than 50 photos. The book has one weak spot: occasionally, Vernon tries too hard to link aspects of Mars Bluff's black culture to African origins when, in some cases, the items discussed represent blendings of European and African elements. All levels. W. K. McNeil; The Ozark Folk Center
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Kirkus Reviews, December 1993
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