Skip to comments.Down in the valley, up on the ridge
Posted on 08/29/2016 11:48:15 AM PDT by Theoria
An Appalachian people offers a timely parable of the nuanced history of race in America
Head into Sneedville from the Clinch river, turn left at the courthouse and crawl up Newmans Ridge. Do not be distracted by the driveways meandering into the woods, the views across the Appalachians or the shadows of the birds of prey; heed the warnings locals may have issued about the steepness and the switchbacks. If the pass seems challenging, consider how inaccessible it must have been in the moonshining days before motor cars.
Halfway down, as Snake Hollow appears on your left, you reach a narrow gorge, between the ridge and Powell Mountain and hard on Tennessees north-eastern border. In parts sheer and wooded, it opens into an unexpected valley, where secluded pastures and fields of wild flowers hug Blackwater Creekin which the water is not black but clear, running, like the valley, down into Virginia. This is the ancestral home of an obscure American people, the Melungeons. Some lived over the state line on Stone Mountain, in other craggy parts of western Virginia and North Carolina and in eastern Kentucky. But the ridge and this valley were their heartland.
The story of the Melungeons is at once a footnote to the history of race in America and a timely parable of it. They bear witness to the horrors and legacy of segregation, but also to the overlooked complexity of the early colonial era. They suggest a once-and-future alternative to the countrys brutally rigid model of race relations, one that, for all the improvements, persists in the often siloed lives of black and white Americans today.
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You see the same thing in rural Maine which is at the end of the Appalachian Trail.
"...a timely parable of the nuanced history of race in America..."
Reeks of political correctness. Do not want.
It's as if all media people in America have it as their core mission to raise up those ignorant white people with their wise, sacred wordiness.
How interesting! I recently drove through that part of the country and was struck by how the Appalachains provided such formidable natural barriers to help maintain isolation. The USA is truly a land of a million stories.
> the countrys brutally rigid model of race relations
With lines like that I’m not going to bother
Known as pink eyes, incest is best.
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