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This paper investigates the culture and history of the Gullah people descendants of African slaves on the coastal shores of South Carolina and Georgia For as early as Civil War and Reconstruction times Gullah became slaves of the plantation system in these regions for their knowledge of the cultivation of rice The concept of Gullah family extends beyond the nuclear family to include extended and fictive family ties and they strive as well to maintain a relationship with the environment Today they face possible threats to their future including migration of their young population and limited employment opportunities due to the rise of tourism and residential communities Yet even with these outsider influences their capacity to preserve culture is unparalleled by other groups of Black Americans as they continue to live in the Sea IslandsThe Gullah represent a unique group of African Americans living primarily in the Sea Islands of South Carolina These people were taken from the coast of Africa primarily Sierra Leone where they were traded and boarded on ships to America They were among the most prominent groups brought under slavery for their agrarian skill and familiarity of the rice crop Banished to a life on southern plantations the Gullah lived a fairly secluded existence which allowed for the preservation of their language and identity The Gullah are a people with economic and emotional ties to their homelands and a loss of land could possibly mean a devastation to their culture In recent years land development and modernization has attracted many to their territory stripping them of their land and threatening their existence Still they continue to live in small farming and fishing communities on the coast of South Carolina This paper investigates the history of the Gullah on the coastal shores of South Carolina and the inspirational story of how they arose from oppression to maintain their traditionsTraditional LifewaysMany of the Gullahs ancestors came from the area stretching from Senegal and
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