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Melungeons: Notes on the Origin of a Race Paperback – January 1, 1992
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That topic is fascinating to me and I was so eager to read this book to see if those questions could get answered. And the author did provide some interesting ideas to consider: Portugese sailers lost and moved inland; the Lost Colony of Roanoke; etc.
However, I found most of the book to be disturbing. The tone was so overtly racist and demeaning that I spent most of the book cringing and wincing. Being from that area, I am familair with that particular kind of racism, and I do understand that the era the author was born in an era where that type of thought was much different from today. However, the obvious disdain the author had for the subject clouded the whole book. Repeatedly, she calls this group of people lazy, shiftless, ignorant and amoral.
As it that weren't bad enough, there is very little research in the book. Most is just conjecture and hearsay. As a historical reader, I was mostly disgusted that such a book would find its way into print and its way into my hands. I wanted to wash them when I finished. Skip this book completely!
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This book is interesting.it tells about the history and possible origins of the Melungeons.It is an interesting book, but i think a little short and needs more detailPublished 21 months ago by Kevin Todd Clepps