Question by  kkimball (8)

What can you tell me about the Melungeon culture?


Answer by  GraceJackson (92)

This term applies to those with European, Native American, and Sub-Saharan African ancestry, and originated in the 1800s. The families were difficult to classify, sometimes being called white and sometimes as 'freed people of color.' Because of their mixed race, they were generally well accepted in their communities, though not immune from racism.


Answer by  Biff (36)

Melungeons are more "American" than most Americans. Melungeons often lived in the mountains and back woods of Appalachia, and are part and parcel of Appalachian culture. I would venture that Melungeons have a healthy distrust of "mainstream" white culture and politics. They tend to appreciate individual strengths, and are forgiving about individual weaknesses.


Answer by  Jackie50 (360)

Mulungeon people are generally European, African, and Native American. They are a group of people living in the Cumberland Gap, which is in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia. In the 19th century, people used to refer to the Melungeon as the boogeymen, and there was a lot of folklore and fear surrounding their culture.


Answer by  sanityrose (2664)

The Melungeon culture is said to be that of a mixed race. Thought to have began a sub-culture in the Appalachians, they are those people who did not derive from European, but are not simply black or Native American, or any other one ethnicity. The Melungeon culture is still being studied today with great appreciation and eagerness.

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