The more I learn about the history of lindy hop (and the jazz that went with it), the more I love it. And not just the puppy dog kind of love, but the kind of love that says "I know where you've come from and I want to stick with you forever."
Two of the ways that I've learned more about it's history is by reading Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop and watching Ken Burn's documentary on Jazz. Both are musts for the lindy hop fanatic.
I'm so glad I took the time to soak in the history, but if you don't have the time, you can catch a glimmer of it by watching these two videos.
1. Clips of lindy hop throughout history:
2. Andrew Thigpen and Karen Turman's 2010 ILHC Showcase:
And read Wandering and Pondering's blog post about this performance (it's half way down the post). It will make you appreciate it all the more.