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Black Food GeographiesRace, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C.$
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Ashanté M. Reese

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469651507

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651507.001.0001

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Come to Think of It, We Were Pretty Self-Sufficient

Come to Think of It, We Were Pretty Self-Sufficient

Race, Segregation, and Food Access in Historical Context

(p.19) Chapter One Come to Think of It, We Were Pretty Self-Sufficient
Black Food Geographies

Ashanté M. Reese

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter provides an historical overview of Deanwood, a predominantly Black neighborhood in Washington, D.C. It details several key periods in the neighborhood’s development and the role food played in each, arguing that self-reliance was integral to the early sustainability of the neighborhood, as it undergirded the development of schools, small businesses, and small grocery stores. Secondly, this chapter explores the systematic decline of supermarkets in the poorest and blackest areas of Washington, D.C., and examines what that decline meant for residents and the city.

Keywords:   History, Small grocers, Supermarkets, Historically Black Neighborhood

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