John’s Island Regional Library - This lecture examines the research questions and findings at the heart of "Making Gullah: A History of Sapelo Islanders, Race and the American Imagination." Focusing on the period-specific ideas about race, heredity and culture that shaped outsiders’ characterizations of Lowcountry blacks’ connection to their African progenitors, Melissa L. Cooper describes the historical progression of theories about Gullah folks’ Africanness. Ultimately, Cooper reflects on how "Making Gullah" unveils the complexity of an identity famous for its simplicity and timelessness.