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Melungeons: Background information when reading The Trojan War Museum

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The Trojan War Museum

and Other Stories

by Ayse Papatya Bucak

The Trojan War Museum by Ayse Papatya Bucak X
The Trojan War Museum by Ayse Papatya Bucak
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Melungeon Family In Ayşe Papatya Bucak's The Trojan War Museum, the main character of one of the stories, "Mysteries of the Mountain South," learns that her racial history is more complicated than she previously thought when her grandmother explains that she has a "Melungeon" great-grandparent. Melungeon is a term historically used to describe a "tri-racial" group in the Appalachian states of Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky with mixed ancestry from Europeans, Native Americans and African Americans. The term is believed to have come from the French word mélange, meaning "to mix."

The term Melungeon was common in the 19th and 20th centuries. Melungeons living in the Appalachian states in 19th century were largely accepted in society, and enjoyed the same liberties as white citizens, such as the right to own property and vote. However, after the Civil War, during the height of Jim Crow race hysteria, Melungeons were often the victims of discrimination across the nation. For example, ...

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