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Historically Black: Imagining Community in a Black Historic District

Mieka Brand Polanco


This book examines the concept of community in the United States: how communities are experienced and understood, the complex relationship between human beings and their social and physical landscapes—and how the term “community” is sometimes conjured to feign a cohesiveness that may not actually exist. Drawing on ethnographic and historical materials from Union, Virginia, the book offers a nuanced and sensitive portrait of a federally recognized Historic District under the category “Ethnic Heritage—Black.” Since Union has been home to a racially mixed population since at least the late 19th c ... More

Keywords: community, United States, Union, black residents, black community, white residents, social landscape, physical landscape, historically black community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780814762882
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814762882.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mieka Brand Polanco, author

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