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Every Nation Has Its Dish – Black Bodies and Black Food in Twentieth-Century America - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Every Nation Has Its Dish: Black Bodies and Black Food in Twentieth-Century America

Jennifer Jensen Wallach


This book gives a nuanced history of black foodways across the twentieth century, challenging traditional narratives of "soul food" as a singular style of historical African American cuisine. It details the experiences and diverse convictions of several generations of African American activists, ranging from Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois to Mary Church Terrell, Elijah Muhammad, and Dick Gregory. While differing widely in their approaches to diet and eating, they uniformly made the cultivation of "proper" food habits a significant dimension of their work and their conceptions of rac ... More

Keywords: African American, Soul food, Foodways, Racial uplift, Embodiment, Nationalism, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Mary Church Terrell, Dick Gregory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469645216
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469645216.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Jensen Wallach, author
University of North Texas