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Your timing is good as I just submitted an entry to Oxford on sectionalism so I have Turner well in mind.
Since you are basing the seminar on Turner's thesis, I want to point out his, The Frontier in American History, is free to read online: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/turner/
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.
I've never seen scholarship, but Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' plantation wedding got a lot of press, not all of it negative. The bad press was exacerbated, however, by her following move: to romanticize the Antebellum era on her now-defunct website, Preserve. Might make an interesting case study at least. Apparently this plantation was/is a popular site in SC for weddings. http://www.boonehallplantation.com/. Also, The Notebook was filmed there. So you're on to something; there's a link between the slave era and white romance.