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Jumping the Broom: The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual

Tyler D. Parry


In this definitive history of a unique tradition, Tyler D. Parry untangles the convoluted history of the "broomstick wedding." Popularly associated with African American culture, Parry traces the ritual’s origins to marginalized groups in the British Isles and explores how it influenced the marriage traditions of different communities on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. His surprising findings shed new light on the complexities of cultural exchange between peoples of African and European descent from the 1700s up to the twenty-first century. Drawing from the historical records of enslaved peo ... More

Keywords: Jumping the Broom, Marriage, Wedding, African American, Culture, British Romani, rituals, Cajuns, History, Tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469660868
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469660868.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tyler D. Parry, author
University of Nevada, Las Vegas