The Changing Face of America
Writer Verta Mae Grosvenor examines how massive, rapid resort development has altered life on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina. The long-time residents are the Gullah -- or Geechee -- people. The names are interchangable. The Gullah people are descendents of slaves, and managed for years to retain a distinctive, African-influenced way of life. Some 30 years ago, high-end tourism came to the region. One by one, land was bought up by outside developers. Now the Gullah people want to profit from the little land they still own.
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