Southern Food and Civil Rights: Feeding the Revolution

Southern Food and Civil Rights: Feeding the Revolution

by Frederick Douglass Opie


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Food has been and continues to be an essential part of any movement for progressive change. From home cooks and professional chefs to local eateries and bakeries, food has helped activists continue marching for change for generations. Paschal's restaurant in Atlanta provided safety and comfort food for civil rights leaders. Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam operated their own farms, dairies and bakeries in the 1960s. "The Sandwich Brigade" organized efforts to feed the thousands at the March on Washington. Author Fred Opie details the ways southern food nourished the fight for freedom, along with cherished recipes associated with the era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467137386
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 01/09/2017
Series: American Palate
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 414,417
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Frederick Douglass Opie is a professor of history and foodways at Babson College and the author of Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America; Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882-1923; Upsetting the Apple Cart: Black and Latino Coalitions in New York From Protest to Public Office; and Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food: Recipes, Remedies and Simple Pleasures. Opie is a regular contributor on the radio show The Splendid Table.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Don't Buy Where You Can't Work 9

2 Food, Jazz and Protest in Jim Crow Washington, D.G 40

3 The "Club from Nowhere" 59

4 A Note of Support with Your Food 71

5 Where People Went to Eat, Meet, Rest, Plan and Strategize 89

6 The Sandwich Brigade 120

7 From Muslim Soup to the Famous Bean Pie 143

Afterword 155

Notes 173

Index 187

About the Author 191

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