The PBS reality history program Texas Ranch House aired for the first time last week. It was the latest in a long line of shows where modern folk live as people did in the past. I saw most of the Regency House program (a recreation of a house party from England's regency period) when it first aired. It caught my attention because it addressed the status of blacks during that era, from slaves to prosperous members of the elite. Not all of these programs do this.
As I watched bits and pieces of Texas Ranch House I wondered when someone would take on recreating the lives of black folk in America's past. Wouldn't it be interesting to see Plantation House 1850 where modern folk get to see what life was really like down on the plantation? Or maybe a recreation of a southern town during Reconstruction. After Reconstruction would be just as interesting. Jim Crow House 1950 would be a real eye opener for some folk (particularly those who would insist that America is no better now than it was then or who would argue that we are devolving back to those times).
What historical reality show would you like to see?
Other PBS historical reality programs
THE 1900 HOUSE