By Phyllis E. Starnes,Donald N. Yates

because the 20th century drew to an finish and the millennium approached, a brand new ethnic type used to be invented within the South. The Melungeons have been born thrashing and squawling into the yankee recognition. They have been a tri-racial extended family hidden away within the hills and hollers of decrease Appalachia with a genetic predisposition to 6 hands and Mediterranean ailments and an unsavory acceptance for moonshining, counterfeiting and mystery cults. DNA stories confirmed they have been most likely descended from Portuguese colonists and had connections with Jews, Muslims, Africans, local americans and Romani (Gypsies). have been they the country's oldest indigenous humans? They quickly acquired at the radar of the Bureau of Indian Affairs' workplace of popularity, which fought the nascent id circulate teeth and nail. This assortment by means of researchers curious about the explosive controversy tells the tale of the Melungeon stream in a coherent, chronological type for the 1st time. Fourteen unique illlustrations, starting from Granny greenback, the final Cherokee Indian in Northeast Alabama, to Luis Gomez, builder of the oldest status Jewish place of abode within the usa, upload curiosity to the portrayal of this mysterious and unique ethnic community.

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