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Delaware's Forgotten Folk: The Story of the Moors and Nanticokes Paperback – October 31, 2006
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"By carefully searching old state records and antiquated sources, by utilizing all possible anthropological findings, and by making close ethnological investigation among the people themselves, [the author] has prepared a study of profound sociological significance. In a simple, straightforward style he presents a saga of the Nanticokes of Indian River and the so-called Cheswold Moors."—Pennsylvania History
"In 1943, Weslager's book helped Delaware's American Indians better understand their history, and now, more than 60 years later, will do so again."—Dover Post
About the Author
C. A. Weslager (1909-94) was an esteemed writer and historian of Delaware. He authored a number of books, including Delaware's Buried Past and Dutch Explorers, Traders, and Settlers in the Delaware Valley, 1609-1644, both published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, and The Nanticoke Indians, Past and Present.
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C.A. Weslager also mentions the Nanticokes as well as the Croatans, Melungeons, Red Bones, Wesorts, Virginia mix blood bands etc. The fascinating superstitions and folklore of the Moors are mentioned in detail. Weslager even spends a weekend with an amalgamated Moor, and narrates the whole experience to the reader. Weslager lists ancient Moor medicinal remedies, Moor sayings and Moor proverbs. The photographs of Moors and Nanticokes illustrate how their hue has amalgamated over the years. Weslager's "The Delawares a History" would be a great companion. I would also highly recommend "The Huevolution of Sacred Muur Science Past and Present" by Noble Timothy Myers-El
I had high hopes for this book being the door to a clear explanation as to why the obsession with the renaming of a people was necessary by those in charge. Well it goes without saying the book did what so many other modern history books do when it comes to telling the complete truth about "blacks" in American history, it skimmed over areas.
Black and Indian were terms referring to the same people done to confuse and denationalize them on their own land that in the instance of the Nanticokes intermixed with Moors--Negroid foreigners or people an admixture of such people. The Indigenous of this land are the so called African-American who's not African at all. Looking at the pictures within the book you would never know a sham has been played on the misnomer blacks of North, South, Central America (which includes the Caribbean islands). Like I said a good book that told the stories of how some people were called "negro", white, (and Moor for people like the Nanticokes) , Indian etcetra but didn't do any deep explaining as to WHY it was deemed necessary to have so many classifications for one people. In his own way the author illustrated what was wrong with people trying to retell history by omission of important facts that would clear up so much confusion. He made sure he presented photos of people that were mixed enough genetically so as to hide their negroid origins. He also showed the reader that even today people are very sensitive about telling the whole truth when it's involving changing the accepted perceptions about who's the true American.
David MacRitchie in his book Ancient and Modern Britons (1880) knew who the true Americans were and described them to his readers. No his description weren't the Hollywood Indian type but instead a handsome Negroid people. It's shameful when outsiders know more about who the indigenous are in America than the people living on American soil.
AMER'ICAN, n. A native of America; originally applied to the aboriginals, or copper-colored races, found here by the Europeans; but now applied to the descendants of Europeans born in America.