Yuletide In Dixie (eBook)
Slavery, Christmas, And Southern Memory
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How did enslaved African Americans in the Old South really experienceChristmas? Did Christmastime provide slaves with a lengthy and jubilant respite from labor andthe whip, as is generally assumed, or is the story far more complex and troubling? In thisprovocative, revisionist, and sometimes chilling account, Robert E. May chides the conventionalwisdom for simplifying black perspectives, uncritically accepting southern white literary tropesabout the holiday, and overlooking evidence not only that countless southern whites passedChristmases fearful that their slaves would revolt but also that slaverys most punitivefeatures persisted at holiday time.
InYuletide in Dixie,May uncovers a dark reality that not only alters our understanding of that history but alsosheds new light on the breakdown of slavery in the Civil War and how false assumptions aboutslave Christmases afterward became harnessed to myths undergirding white supremacy in the UnitedStates. By exposing the underside of slave Christmases, May helps us better understand theproblematic stereotypes of modern southern historical tourism and why disputes over Confederatememory retain such staying power today. A major reinterpretation of human bondage,Yuletide in Dixie challenges disturbing myths embedded deeply in ourculture.