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Black Towns, Black Futures: The Enduring Allure of a Black Place in the American West

Karla Slocum


Some know Oklahoma’s Black towns as historic communities that thrived during the Jim Crow era—this is only part of the story. In this book, Karla Slocum shows that the appeal of these towns is more than their past. Drawing on interviews and observations of town life spanning several years, Slocum reveals that people from diverse backgrounds are still attracted to the communities because of the towns’ remarkable history as well as their racial identity and rurality. But that attraction cuts both ways. Tourists visit to see living examples of Black success in America, while informal predatory le ... More

Keywords: Black towns, Historic communities, Tourist, Black success, Rural, Black economies, Oklahoma, Marginality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469653976
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653976.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karla Slocum, author
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill