Jelly Roll, a small community of African Americans living in company housing outside the Calion Lumber Company in Calion, Arkansas, is the subject of this classic Arkansas ethnography written by Charles E. Thomas, an anthropologist whose family owned the mill. Originally published in 1986, Jelly Roll combines Thomas's unique perspective as both an academician and the grandson of the sawmill's foun...
Paperback: 164 pages
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press; Reprint edition (May 1, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
Amazon Rank: 3343963
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Having worked in this community back in 1943 I expected to remember the name of the characters in the book but the author changed the names. The author was the son of the father, Mr. Edwin Thomas, who was the owner of the company when I worked there...
conducted extensive interviews covering three generations among the eighty-four households forming this community, illuminating the residents' lives in an unusually thorough and nuanced fashion.Now back in print and enhanced with later interviews revealing attitudes of growing restlessness over the slow movement toward racial equality and opportunity, Jelly Roll will be a welcome reference for anyone interested in African American studies, the South, or the sawmill industry.