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Raised Up Down Yonder: Growing Up Black in Rural Alabama

Angela McMillan Howell


This book attempts to shift focus away from why black youth are “problematic” to explore what their daily lives actually entail. The book focuses on the small community of Hamilton, Alabama, to investigate what it is like for a young black person to grow up in the contemporary rural South. What the book finds is that the young people of Hamilton are neither idly passing their time in a stereotypically languid setting, nor are they being corrupted by hip hop culture and the perils of the urban North, as many pundits suggest. Rather, they are dynamic and diverse young people making their way thr ... More

Keywords: black youth, Hamilton, Alabama, rural South, hip hop culture, high school students, moral panics, education, racism, crunk music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781617038815
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038815.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angela McMillan Howell, author