Before We Were White – Episode 9: “How Lovely Are Thy Branches”
Do the mass media and film industry reflect popular culture, or create it?
Where do we get our shared history, our national story, our traditions and identity?
Follow us as we explore the origins of Christmas in America, while attempting to discover what connects Hollywood, Abraham Lincoln, and, um, Lebanon?
About Before We Were White
Before We Were White will be highly contentious revisionist history at its most unflinching.
Before We Were White will tell real stories of heartland America, drawing upon facts and evidence buried deep underneath the “official story”.
Everything from outlaws, river pirates and prairie bandits, to Cherokee midwives and witch trials, fake eugenics, colonial-era Muslims, snake handlers, African-American cowboys, the Lost Colony of Roanoke, Jewish hillbillies, “sporting girls”, Mountain Gypsies and Creole Irish will get their turn under the magnifying lens.
Whether your interest is in history, politics, ethnology, folklore, music, genealogy, or just a cracking good story, you will find something here to astonish and amaze, entertain and educate.
Forget everything you thought you knew about North American history.
Forget everything you thought you understood about the ethnic roots of heartland America. » Read More