Weddings are ceremonies steeped in cultural traditions. From the costumes to the carefully-selected color schemes, marriage ceremonies often become orchestrated events more than a public celebration of love. But where do these traditions originate? In this episode, Lesley explores the surprising history of "jumping the broom" at wedding ceremonies throughout history.
Stephanie Coontz. Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage. Penguin Books: 2006
Harriette Cole. Jumping the Broom: the African-American Wedding Planner. New York: Henry Holt and Co, 1993.
Alan Dundes. "'Jumping the Broom': On the Origin and Meaning of an African American Wedding Custom." American Folklore Society No. 433 (1996): 324-329.
Jim Sweet. Recreating Africa: Culture, Kinship, and Religion in African-Portuguese World, 1441-1770. University of North Carolina Press, 2006.
Music by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)