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Black Towns, Black FuturesThe Enduring Allure of a Black Place in the American West$
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Karla Slocum

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469653976

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653976.001.0001

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The Appeal of a Black Place

The Appeal of a Black Place

(p.131) Chapter Five The Appeal of a Black Place
Black Towns, Black Futures

Karla Slocum

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter Five concludes the book by underscoring the significance and meaning of a Black-identified place. Despite structural inequality that Black communities face, they fulfil a purpose of community and affirmation of Blackness. The chapter argues that place can be a site for affirming Blackness and that that the appeal of a Black place like small, historic Black towns, is its Black identity and offering for community. The chapter situates the author’s own research and family history with the broader appeal that Black towns hold.

Keywords:   Place, Blackness, Black sense of place, Racialization of space

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