The Holy Land of Matrimony: The Complex Legacy of the Broomstick Wedding in American History

@article{Parry2016TheHL,
  title={The Holy Land of Matrimony: The Complex Legacy of the Broomstick Wedding in American History},
  author={Tyler Dunsdon Parry},
  journal={American Studies},
  year={2016},
  volume={55},
  pages={106 - 81}
}
  • T. Parry
  • Published 1 July 2016
  • History
  • American Studies
Many enslaved people in North America married by jumping the broomstick, but following their emancipation in 1865 most newly freed African Americans discarded the tradition. They believed it held embarrassing reminders of a period when black relationships were widely disrespected.  By the late twentieth century, however, the custom recaptured African American interest, building on the popularity of scholarly literature and popular movements that emphasized the unique cultural traditions of… 

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