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Making Gullah – A History of Sapelo Islanders, Race, and the American Imagination - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Making Gullah: A History of Sapelo Islanders, Race, and the American Imagination

Melissa L. Cooper


During the 1920s and 1930s, anthropologists and folklorists became obsessed with uncovering connections between African Americans and their African roots. At the same time, popular print media and artistic productions tapped the new appeal of black folk life, highlighting African-styled voodoo as an essential element of black folk culture. A number of researchers converged on one site in particular, Sapelo Island, Georgia, to seek support for their theories about “African survivals,” bringing with them a curious mix of both influences. The legacy of that body of research is the area’s contempo ... More

Keywords: Sapelo Island, Gullah, Geechee, African Survivals, African Retentions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469632681
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632681.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa L. Cooper, author
Rutgers University-Newark