The shotgun house design is considered one of the most direct contributions of African culture to American architecture. Josh and Chuck, the host of How Stuff Works, tie this to the last 150 years in African-American culture. Did you know that the shotgun house was responsible for the introduction of porches to the American home? It was affordable, and it has repeatedly saved communities over and over again. The houses are not named after guns. Josh and Chuck explain the name most likely comes from the term “shogun” or “God’s house” in the original Yoruba language, owing tradition to Haitian immigrants to New Orleans. Like most faded details in America’s history, the home’s traditions are worth hearing and remembering.
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