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Land Was Ours – How Black Beaches Became White Wealth in the Coastal South - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Land Was Ours: How Black Beaches Became White Wealth in the Coastal South

Andrew W. Kahrl


The Land Was Ours tells the story of how African Americans acquired, developed, and struggled to hold onto property along southern coastlines over the course of the twentieth century. During the segregated era, black-owned beaches and resorts proliferated across the coastal South. Black beaches not only provided black southerners places of leisure and entertainment; they also spawned a variety of commercial activity and considerable capital investment. The types of black beaches found across the South—from serene, religious retreats to bawdy, seaside stops on the “chitlin circuit,” and from ex ... More

Keywords: Real Estate, Beaches, Race and Racism, African Americans, Jim Crow/Segregation, Leisure and Recreation, Capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469628721
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628721.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew W. Kahrl, author