Winter holidays in the southern states. Plantation frolic on Christmas Eve. Illus. in: Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 1857 Dec. 26 A plantation Christmas Eve celebration. Photograph: Library of Congress

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http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/25/american-slaves-christmas-was-a-respite-from-bondage-and-a-reinforcement-of-it

I wish everyone a happy holiday. It’s interesting that for such a straight, matter of fact piece, the first comment was already negative and had to be removed by the Administrator. I never thought that in 2015, even writing about African American history would get immediate hate mail. Yes Virginia, even the enslaved had a “Christmas,” and it had a lot of different meanings for enslaved people. It is important to not forget what that life was like for them and how that we world impacted us today. I proudly and defiantly write their story because it must must must be told. Merry Christmas! Please share this information at your holiday table, social justice is an enduring holiday message.

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The original re-creation of John Canoe at Somerset Place Plantation in Creswell, NC.

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