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Raised Up Down Yonder - Growing Up Black in Rural Alabama

Raised Up Down Yonder

Growing Up Black in Rural Alabama

By Angela Mcmillan Howell
Series: Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies

Hardcover : 9781617038815, 224 pages, November 2013
Paperback : 9781496804464, 258 pages, August 2015

A classic ethnographic study of rural children, their community, and their school


Raised Up Down Yonder attempts to shift focus away from why black youth are "problematic" to explore what their daily lives actually entail. Howell travels to the small community of Hamilton, Alabama, to investigate what it is like for a young black person to grow up in the contemporary rural South.

What she finds is that the young people of Hamilton are neither idly passing their time in a stereotypically languid setting nor are they being corrupted by hip-hop culture and the perils of the urban North, as many pundits suggest. Rather, they are dynamic and diverse young people making their way through the structures that define the twenty-first-century South. Told through the poignant stories of several high school students, Raised Up Down Yonder reveals a group that is often rendered invisible in society. Blended families, football sagas, crunk music, expanding social networks, and a nearby segregated prom are just a few of the fascinating juxtapositions.


"Angela Howell offers a provocative and thoughtful study of the human story at Jay Ellis School, down yonder. "

--Sharon G. Pierson, The Journal of African American History