Is 'Jingle Bells' Racist? Boston University Professor Uncovers Origins of Christmas Carol
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When a Boston University professor set out to trace the origins of “Jingle Bells,” she had no idea that she would discover the song’s racist origins – or cause an internet controversy.

Theater professor Kyna Hamill set out to trace if Medford, Massachusetts, or Savannah, Georgia, was the Christmas carol’s birthplace, as both used as their claim to fame. Instead, she learned the tune was originally performed in blackface in a minstrel show as “One Horse Open Sleigh” at Ordway Hall on Washington...

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