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ERIC Number: EJ843314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0275-7664
Naming a Place Nicodemus
Rodman, Rosamond C.
Great Plains Quarterly, v28 n1 p49-62 Win 2008
Nicodemus, one of the first all-black settlements in Kansas, and the sole remaining western town founded by and for African Americans at the end of Reconstruction, has received a good deal of scholarly attention. Yet one basic matter about it remains unclear: how the town came by its unusual name. Most scholars now think that the name of the town derives from a legendary slave rather than the biblical character. This essay challenges that consensus, contending the name Nicodemus indeed refers to the biblical character, and in doing so exemplifies the way that the dominated disguise their speech, making it cryptic and coded.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas