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Liberia, South Carolina
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In 2007, while researching mountain culture in upstate South Carolina, anthropologist John M. Coggeshall stumbled upon the small community of Liberia in the Blue Ridge foothills. There he met Mable Owens Clarke and her family, the remaining members of a small African American community still living on land obtained immediately after the Civil War. This intimate history tells the story of five generations of the Owens family and their friends and neighbors, chronicling their struggles through slavery, Reconstruction, the Jim Crow era, and the desegregation of the state. Through hours of interviews with Mable and her relatives, as well as friends and neighbors, Coggeshall presents an ethnographic history that allows members of a largely ignored community to speak and record their own history for the first time. This story sheds new light on the African American experience in Appalachia, and in it Coggeshall documents the community's 150-year history of resistance to white oppression, while offering a new way to understand the symbolic relationship between residents and the land they occupy, tying together family, memory, and narratives to explain this connection.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. 1. Shifting Paradigms: Understanding the Liberia Community
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. 2. You Zip Your Lips: Life in Slavery
  2. pp. 25-45
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  1. 3. The Times Ahead Are Fearful: The Late Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 46-80
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  1. 4. The Whites Got the Best: The Early Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 81-121
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  1. 5. It Really Wasn’t a Bad Life: The Mid-Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 121-167
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  1. 6. Because Hatred Is All It Was: Death and Resurrection
  2. pp. 168-177
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  1. 7. This Is My Home: Into the Twenty-First Century
  2. pp. 178-200
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  1. 8. It’s Sacred Ground: The Cultural Meaning of Land
  2. pp. 201-210
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  1. Appendix 1. Soapstone Baptist Church Cemetery Grave Names
  2. pp. 211-214
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  1. Appendix 2. Partial Kinship Chart of Mable Owens Clarke
  2. pp. 215-216
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  1. Appendix 3. Names of Contemporary Informants
  2. pp. 217-218
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 219-248
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 249-260
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-270
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  1. Further Series Titles
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  1. Image Plates
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