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  • Down in the valley, up on the ridge

    08/29/2016 11:48:15 AM PDT · by Theoria · 8 replies
    The Economist ^ | 27 Aug 2016 | The Economist
    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 Newman’s 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...
  • DNA study seeks origin of Appalachia's Melungeons

    05/27/2012 4:49:30 AM PDT · by Renfield · 69 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 5-25-2012 | TRAVIS LOLLER
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For years, varied and sometimes wild claims have been made about the origins of a group of dark-skinned Appalachian residents once known derisively as the Melungeons. Some speculated they were descended from Portuguese explorers, or perhaps from Turkish slaves or Gypsies. Now a new DNA study in the Journal of Genetic Genealogy attempts to separate truth from oral tradition and wishful thinking. The study found the truth to be somewhat less exotic: Genetic evidence shows that the families historically called Melungeons are the offspring of sub-Saharan African men and white women of northern or central European origin.....
  • Melungeon descendants celebrate their mysterious heritage

    08/02/2005 10:20:13 AM PDT · by hispanarepublicana · 177 replies · 6,398+ views
    FRANKFORT, Ky. - (KRT) - When S.J. Arthur started tracing her lineage more than 20 years ago, a fellow researcher stammered as she noticed recurring family names. Was she connected to a unique group of people known as Melungeons, the researcher timidly asked, afraid Arthur might slap her. The reference was once considered a racial slur. "I could be," Arthur replied. "I just don't know yet." This weekend Arthur was one of dozens of Melungeon descendants who gathered in Frankfort, Ky., to shed the stigma that plagued their ancestors and try to grasp their mysterious heritage. The Melungeons have been...
  • Scholars of Twang Track All the 'Y'Alls' in Texas

    11/28/2003 6:06:42 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 147 replies · 2,033+ views
    NY Times ^ | RALPH BLUMENTHAL
    Michael Stravato for The New York Times John O. Greer is an architecture teacher at Texas A&M University. But when a couple of researchers sat down and talked with him recently, they were less interested in what he said than in how he said it. COLLEGE STATION, Tex. — "Are yew jus' tryin' to git me to talk, is that the ah-deah?" That was the idea. John O. Greer, an architecture teacher at Texas A&M University, sat at his dining table between two interrogators and their tape recorder. They had precisely 258 questions for him. But it waddn what...