a peppy style keeps this grim history series alive

a peppy style keeps this grim history series alive

“I’m always one for dressing up,” said Lucy Worsley in American History’s Biggest Fibs (BBC Four). An understatement, to put it mildly. “But I don’t feel entirely comfortably dressed like this.”

Worsley was tightly laced into a Southern belle’s corset for a discussion of the film Gone with the Wind, but her discomfort wasn’t entirely physical. There was also the small matter of the 1939 technicolour blockbuster’s role in glorifying slavery and romanticising America’s dark past – not to mention the fact that Hattie “Mammy” McDaniel, the first black performer to win an Oscar, couldn’t attend the film’s premiere because it was held in a segregated Atlanta cinema.

This middle episode of her myth-busting…

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