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Just Over the Hill

Black Appalachians in Jackson County, Western North Carolina

Victoria A. Casey McDonald

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: Western Carolina University, Hunter Library
Published: 04/2022
Pages: 196
Subject: History
Print ISBN: 9781469672038
eBook ISBN: 9781469672045


Long before the term "Affrilachia" became popular, Victoria A. Casey McDonald spent decades gathering the stories of her family and neighbors in North Carolina's Jackson County. Her book, Just Over the Hill: Black Appalachians in Jackson County, Western North Carolina, presents a collection of narratives that illuminate the lives of African Americans in the region. These stories include her grandmother's, Amanda Thomas, who was born into bondage. The biographies and histories continue through the twentieth century and feature educators, soldiers, factory workers, ministers, athletes, and other community members. Originally published in 2012, this edition of Just Over the Hill with an afterword Marie T. Cochran continues to speak for these resilient individuals to generations to come.