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Tales From the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era

Tiya Miles

Abstract

This book explores the popular yet troubling phenomenon of “ghost tours,” frequently promoted and experienced at plantations, urban manor homes, and cemeteries throughout the South. As a staple of the tours, guides entertain paying customers by relying on stories of enslaved black specters. Through an examination of popular sites and stories from select ghost tours, this book shows that haunted tales routinely appropriate and skew African American history to produce representations of slavery for commercial gain. “Dark tourism” often highlights the most sensationalist and macabre aspects of sl ... More

Keywords: African American, Tourism, Historic sites, Black culture, Black women, Ghosts, Plantations, Old South, Spirituality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469626338
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626338.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tiya Miles, author

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