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North from the Mountains a Folk History of the Carmel Melungeon Settlement,Highland County, Ohio: A Folk History of the Carmel Melungeon Settlement,) Paperback – November 1, 2001


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  • Series: Melungeons (Series), 2.
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Mercer Univ Pr (November 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865547033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865547032
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,597,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John S. Kessler was raised in the Carmel community in southeastern Highland County, Ohio, where his ancestors had lived for several generations. Previous publications have appeared in The Nautilus, Transactions of the Kentucky Academy of Science, and Ohio Valley Historical Archaeology.

Donald B. Ball is a native of Middle Tennessee. Previous publications have appeared in the Tennessee Anthropologist, Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin, and Ohio Valley Historical Archaeology. He is an archaeologist for the US Army Corps of Engineers in Louisville, Kentucky.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "m_h_hawaii" on June 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"North from the Mountains" is a splendid read on the incresingly popular subject of Melungeon heritage. This is both an excellently written and exhaustively researched book by meticulous authors. It is a great read on Americana on the first person part of the senior author. Both men are experienced authors of scholarly papers, and their work on this book is the result of their exacting and uncomromising dedication to making as certain as possible that every last word in this book is documentable. I consider it the standard against which I will judge all other books on the subject. The Bibilography will set me off on searches for further material. It is a truly worthy book to add to any library, both personal and collegiate.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
North From The Mountains is the latest in "The Melungeons: History Culture, Ethnicity, and Literature" series from Mercer University Press. This groundbreaking series is the first such to extensively study the Carmel Melungeon settlement since 1950. John Kessler and Donald Ball effectively collaborate to trace the history of the Carmel Melungeon settlement from 1700 onward, and provide the reader with exhaustive firsthand information connecting the Carmel population to the Melungeons and other mixed-blood populations in the Mid-Atlantic region. With documentary evidence and facts gathered from visits to and informants of the Carmel area, North From The Mountains is a highly detailed documentary offering fascinating insight into the lifestyle and relationships of the Carmel community and recommended for students of American history and regional development.
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I have heard many stories about the Carmel settlement from people in Ross County, Ohio (most of them unflattering) and this book puts everything in an impartial perspective. I first became interested in the Melungeon culture when I discovered that Gary Powers
was a Melungeon. Even then, there had been very little written about them and it was considered a pejorative term, so this book answered many questions I had.
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By Paula Watson on February 15, 2011
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This book is a must if you have any history/ancestry at all with "Carmel Melungeons". I found MANY of family members in this book. I was floored. The author, is an amazing writer. He sure gives a good sense of what came WAY before me!!!
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By Houston4421 on July 16, 2010
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This book tells a lot about the migration of the Perkins, Gibson, and Cole families to the Ohio Valley. It was great to be able to see my family
names in print and to learn a little more about where I came from.
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