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Ethnic Heritage in MississippiThe Twentieth Century$
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Shana Walton and Barbara Carpenter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617032622

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617032622.001.0001

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African American Sacred and Secular Identities in Mississippi’s Piney Woods

African American Sacred and Secular Identities in Mississippi’s Piney Woods

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(p.74) 3 African American Sacred and Secular Identities in Mississippi’s Piney Woods
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Ethnic Heritage in Mississippi
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Joyce Marie Jackson

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617032622.003.0004

This chapter explores sacred and secular identities of African Americans in the Piney Woods of Mississippi. The experiences of people close to these folk traditions illustrate the historical and current structure of some African American identities in the Piney Woods, and how those identities have been maintained and transformed over the years. It is argued that both sacred and secular music gatherings are central to how African Americans have constructed and maintained identities in the past and in modern times, despite dramatic social and economic changes.

Keywords:   sacred identity, secular identity, African Americans, music gatherings

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