Life Beneath the Veneer: Black Life After the Civil War in North Carolina

The lecture draws upon Waters' Doctoral research and examines community development among African Americans, primarily in Asheville and Western North Carolina.  The presentation also juxtaposes Western North Carolina with events and activities among African Americans throughout North Carolina and the South.  An interesting and significant component of the presentation is its focus on impact of the late nineteenth-century Progressive Movement on the ability of African Americans to create and expand the institutions that became central to their communities.  The presentation gives careful consideration to the unique and interesting relationship that developed between Asheville’s African American residents and George Washington Vanderbilt.  This presentation offers an in depth look at the experience of African Americans in a region where they have been largely overlooked. It also explores the development and reformulation of racial mentalities.

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