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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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Mississippi Mahjar

Mississippi Mahjar

The Lebanese Immigration Experience in the Delta

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Ethnic Heritage in Mississippi

James Thomas

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the story of the Lebanese in Mississippi. This group came to the state fleeing hardship and oppression, and settled primarily in the caste-based, Jim Crow Delta, a place where they were considered neither black nor white. Their story involves looking at how they negotiated the complex color line by working between the two predominant races and how they ultimately used economic power to assimilate into white society while maintaining their Lebanese cultural identity.

Keywords:   immigrants, assimilation, color, race, economic power, cultural identity, Jim Crow Delta

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