Prompted by the overt omission of Muncie's black community from the famous study by Lynd and Lynd, Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture, the authors uncover the neglected part of the story of Middletown, a well-known pseudonym for the Midwestern city of Muncie, Indiana. It is a uniquely collaborative field study involving local experts, ethnographers, and teams of college students. The book, The Other Side of Middletown, and DVD, Middletown Redux, are valuable resources for community research. Sponsored by the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry, Muncie, Indiana.
Luke Eric Lassiter is Professor of Humanities and Anthropology and director of the graduate humanities program at Marshall University Graduate College in South Charleston, WV. Hurley Goodall is a former Indiana state legislator and recipient of the Distinguished Hoosier Award from Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon. Elizabeth Campbell is an independent folklorist who specializes in community-based arts and history. Michelle Natasya Johnson is in the anthropology department at Ball State University.
Foreword Introduction: The Story of a Collaborative Project PART I. Middletown and Muncie's African American Community Chapter 1. The Enduring Legacy of Muncie as Middletown Chapter 2. A City Apart PART II. Collaborative Understandings Chapter 3. Getting a Living Chapter 4. Making a Home Chapter 5. Training the Young Chapter 6. Using Leisure Chapter 7. Engaging in Religious Practices Chapter 8. Engaging in Community Activities Conclusion: Lessons Learned about Muncie, Race, and Ethnography Epilogue Afterword Appendix A. Notes on the Collaborative Process Appendix B. House Concurrent Resolution 33 About the Authors and Community Advisors