Hamill started researching the history of the famous Christmas carol after a so-called “Jingle Bells War” a dispute between two towns, Medford, Mass. and Savannah, Ga. that claim to be the birthplace of the song written by James Pierpont.
“Its origins emerged from the economic needs of a perpetually unsuccessful man, the racial politics of antebellum Boston, the city’s climate, and the intertheatrical repertoire of commercial blackface performers moving between Boston and New York,” Hamill wrote.
The traces of blackface minstrel origins can be found in the music and lyrics, as well as the “elements of male display,’ boasting, and the unbridled behavior of the male body onstage,” the author wrote.
The song’s lyrics, which Hamill adds “display no real originality,” and reference things like “Miss Fanny Bright” and “dashing through the snow” connect the song to blackface dandy, according to the research paper.
“Words such as thro,’ tho’t,’ and upsot’ suggest a racialized performance that attempted to sound southern’ to a northern audience,” Hamill wrote.
“As I mentioned in my article, the first documented performance of the song is in a blackface minstrel hall in Boston in 1857, the same year it was copyrighted,” Hamill told Fox News. “Much research has been done on the problematic history of this nineteenth-century entertainment.”
Notice how Hamill manages to squeeze in critiques of racism, toxic masculinity, and capitalism in her paper on every child’s favorite Christmas carol. Bravo, cultural Marxist!
Hamill added that her research has been public for two years and has nothing to do with Christmas. Of course it does. “Jingle Bells” is nothing if not about Christmas, and the target of cultural Marxism in general, and of this paper specifically, is the deconstruction of western traditions and values.