Mixing in the Mountains

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Mixing in the Mountains

by John Shelton Reed
Southern Cultures, Vol. 3, No. 4: Winter 1997

"The Melungeons prove to be more than just another of the South's 'little races' for the author."

One January day in 1996, I picked up the Wall Street Journal to find a story headlined “Rural County Balks at Joining Global Village.” It told about Hancock County, Tennessee, which straddles the Clinch River in the ridges hard up against the Cumberland Gap, where Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee meet.