Purdue University College of Liberal Art

Robert May

Please join me in congratulating Robert E. May, professor emeritus of history, on the publication of a new book.

Yuletide in Dixie: Slavery, Christmas, and Southern Memory (University of Virginia Press, 2019) challenges assumptions deeply embedded in American culture about enslaved African Americans’ experiences during Christmastime in the Old South.

The book “uncovers a dark reality that not only alters our understanding of that history but also 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.”

Congratulations, Professor May!

David's Signature

David A. Reingold
Justin S. Morrill Dean
College of Liberal Arts