A History of Sapelo Islanders, Race, and the American Imagination
Melissa L. Cooper
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Subject: Social Science, History | University of North Carolina
Print ISBN: 9780000000000
eBook ISBN: 9781469632704
This wide-ranging history upends a long tradition of scrutinizing the Low Country blacks of Sapelo Island by refocusing the observational lens on those who studied them. Cooper uses a wide variety of sources to unmask the connections between the rise of the social sciences, the voodoo craze during the interwar years, the black studies movement, and black land loss and land struggles in coastal black communities in the Low Country. What emerges is a fascinating examination of Gullah people's heritage, and how it was reimagined and transformed to serve vastly divergent ends over the decades.