How The Stories We Tell About The Gullah Measure Up To The Reality of Their Lives

Feb 1, 2018

On this episode of "Two Way Street," we’re separating fact from fiction about the Gullah people. Our guest is Rutgers University History Professor, Melissa Cooper, author of "Making Gullah:  A History of Sapelo Islanders, Race, and the American Imagination."

Melissa L. Cooper is the author of “Making Gullah: A History of Sapelo Islanders, Race, and the American Imagination."

Our conversation with Cooper focuses on the many people and factors that have contributed to our misunderstanding of the Gullah. We're unpacking the stories that have been told about the Sapelo Islanders over time and how they compare to the reality of their lives.

Cooper explains how past writers and sociologists have depicted the Gullah as being uniquely connected to their West African heritage. This belief, Cooper argues, gave rise to myths and racial stereotypes about Sapelo Islanders. Our eye-opening conversation dispels these mischaracterizations of the Gullah people. Learn about who the Sapelo Islanders really are tomorrow on “Two Way Street.”