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- DescriptionAfrican American Life and Culture in Orange Mound is an exploration of the conditions of living for residents of a segregated subdivision in the deep south from 1890 to 1919. It is also a study of contemporary approaches to community building during a time period of racial segregation and polarization. The town of Orange Mound, built by Elzey E. Meacham as an all-black subdivision for negroes, represents a unique chapter in American history. There is other case, neither in the deep South r in the far West, of such a tremendous effort on the part of African Americans to come together to occupy a carved out space-eventually making it into a black community on the outskirts of Memphis on a former slave plantation. The significance of community continues to be relevant to our ever-evolving understanding of racial and ethnic formations in the South. This ethgraphy of community, family, and institution in the latter nineteenth and early twentieth-century Shelby County Tennessee reveals the richness and complexity of community building through an investigation of cultural and historic community development, settlement patterns, kinship networks, and sociopolitical, ecomic, and religious value systems in the historic black community of Orange Mound. This research is the product of a thorough ethgraphic study conducted over a three-year period which involves participation observation, in-depth interviews, textual analysis of family histories, newspapers, census data, and local government and church records. Even though textual analysis was used throughout the text, its intent was to utilize the concepts and categories that were relevant and meaningful to the people of Orange Mound.
- Author BiographyCharles Williams received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana. Drawing upon an early interest in the cultures of developing countries and the African diaspora, Dr. Williams has developed active research inquiries into health inequities and social justice issues, HIV/STD and addiction, African and African American studies, and urban issues. He is founder and director of the African and African American Studies Program at the University of Memphis.
- Author(s)Charles Williams
- PublisherLexington Books
- Date of Publication25/08/2015
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLexington Books
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight317 g
- Width157 mm
- Height232 mm
- Spine14 mm
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