This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer Yuletide in Dixie: Slavery, Christmas, and Southern Memory Evening Lecture/Seminar Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET Code: 1CV005 Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Select your Tickets $20 Member $25 Non-Member Materials for this program Handout Resize text Christmas eve on a southern plantation by Frank Leslie, 1857 (Library of Congress) How did enslaved African Americans in the Old South really experience Christmas? Did Christmastime provide slaves with a lengthy and jubilant respite from labor and the whip, as is generally assumed, or is the story far more complex and troubling? Drawing from his book Yuletide in Dixie, historian Robert E. May challenges disturbing and deeply embedded cultural myths and chides conventional wisdom for simplifying Black perspectives, uncritically accepting southern white literary tropes about the holiday, and overlooking evidence not only that countless southern whites passed Christmases fearful that their slaves would revolt but also that slavery’s most punitive features persisted at holiday time. May discusses how this dark reality alters our understanding of that history as well as sheds new light on the breakdown of slavery in the Civil War and how false assumptions about slave Christmases afterward became harnessed to myths undergirding white supremacy in the United States. May is an author and professor emeritus of history at Purdue University. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for online programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our online programs presented on Zoom.