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Black Faces, White SpacesReimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors$
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Carolyn Finney

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469614489

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469614489.001.0001

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Forty acres and a Mule

Forty acres and a Mule

(p.51) Chapter Three Forty acres and a Mule
Black Faces, White Spaces

Carolyn Finney

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter considers the ways in which African Americans have negotiated dominant environmental narratives by inserting their stories into the mix. It discusses two key periods of American history that highlight the complexity and contentiousness of African American environmental experience: slavery and the Jim Crow era. These two eras both resulted in explicit environmental practices by African Americans, from the avoidance of some places (e.g., the woods) to the creation of their own alternative outdoor places (e.g., Virginia Key Beach). These two periods have shaped collective memory for African Americans and they continue to inform African American environmental participation today.

Keywords:   African Americans, slavery, Jim Crow, environmental narratives, collective memory, environmental participation

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