Title

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek (DVD), by Mahan, Leah. Oley, PA: Bullfrog Films, 2013. 56 minutes, $250 purchase/$85 Rent, SDH captions in English.

Keywords

Turkey Creek, Hell or High Water

Abstract

Over the course of a decade, Come Hell or High Water follows teacher turned activist Derrick Evans as he fights to save his ancestral home of Turkey Creek from the encroaching growth and development of Gulfport, Mississippi. The Turkey Creek community, founded by Evans's “great‐grandfather's grandfather” was established following the American Civil War by emancipated African Americans. Originally a secluded and self‐sufficient community, at the turn of the twentieth century Turkey Creek began to see subtle signs of encroachment from a newly incorporated lumber port town—Gulfport—established four miles south. However, over the succeeding decades as Gulfport continued to expand it eventually enveloped the once isolated Turkey Creek community. This powerful documentary, symbolically opening with the singing of a call and response gospel song, literally calls attention to issues of race, community, and environmental degradation, while asking for a response of justice in return

Original Publication Citation

Cope, Michael R. 2014. “Review: Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek (DVD) by Leah Mahan. Bullfrog Films, Oley, PA, 2013, 56 minutes, $250 purchase/$85 Rent, SDH captions in English. ISBN: 0-615-89259-0.” Rural Sociology, 79: 538-540.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2014-12-09

Publisher

Wiley

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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