Southern history in black and white: nature, history, and ritual in a North Carolina community

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Marks, Stuart A. Southern history in black and white: nature, history, and ritual in a North Carolina community. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1991. 327 pages.


For this story of “how hunting was linked with life and livelihoods in the community” (p. xiii) of Scotland County, N.C., Marks collected over 900 pages of field notes regarding the hunting habits of whites, blacks, and Lumbee Indians; reviewed materials in local, state, and university archives; administered a questionnaire to 78 purchasers of hunting licenses in 1979; and drew from 2,000 pages of transcribed interviews or conversations with hunters. Of the license purchasers surveyed, 16.5% were Lumbee. Data from the questionnaire is presented in several places within the text, with responses categorized by race. Marks shares findings such as: over half the Lumbee respondents said their primary reason for hunting was meat; more whites than blacks or Lumbees read sporting magazines; and only a third of the Lumbees joined hunting organizations. Blacks and Lumbees, more so that whites, believed in “equal opportunity and access to hunting privileges” (i.e. hunting on private land) (p. 83). Appendix A (questionnaire about wild animals and hunting) and Appendix B (questionnaire about individuals, family, community, and society) reprint each statement and show percentages of each race who agreed with the statement.About the author: Marks was, at the time of writing the book, a professor at St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

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Hunting | Scotland County | Land ownership | Sex roles | Nature | Wildlife | Work (attitudes toward) | Family
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