As in "jumping over the broom" weddings?
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I might also point H-AmStdy readers to a recent essay in the ISSF Policy Series over at H-Diplo.
In the introduction to the latest issue of the journal Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures editor Heather Snell offers analysis of representations President Donald Trump as a child. The piece is open access, and titled "Child King." Snell sees uses of both positive and negative constructions of "the child" in how Trump is discussed, as well as a parent/child relationship in Pence/Trump that inverts representations of Obama/Biden in popular memes.
If you haven't seen it already, I suspect a few H-AMSTDYers will be interested in one of the latest H-Diplo publications titled "Donald Trump Versus American Exceptionalism: Toward the Sources of Trumpian Conduct ." In it, the author argues Trump asserts a "normal nationalism, extreme but not exceptional." It entails a large scale re-framing of American self-identity away from the "city on a hill" to something like a Third World Country and international lau
I wonder if it might also be useful to think about this in terms of the Historic Natchez Tableaux, which features a performance of the wedding of Jefferson Davis and Varina Howell.
I would recommend checking out this book if you haven't already: Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender, and Nostalgia in the Imagined South by Tara McPherson. Good luck!
Ok...thanks for clarification....interested in the followup material too.
BTW, some contemporary weddings do incorporate the bridal broom tradition as acknowledgement to African-American heritage.
Not sure any of THOSE are on plantations though. That would be an interesting thing to find out...
Thanks for this link to Boone Hall Plantation. It really is ghastly.