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Eating In the Side RoomFood, Archaeology, and African American Identity$
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Mark S. Warner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061115

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061115.001.0001

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African Americans and Consumption

African Americans and Consumption

(p.91) 6 African Americans and Consumption
Eating In the Side Room

Mark S. Warner

University Press of Florida

This chapter explores how the African American families who lived in the excavated houses used goods within the marketplace to either ameliorate or reinforce their differences with a dominant white society. What types of goods were they enthusiastically purchasing and what were they rejecting? When did they respond to nascent attempts by whites to market to their race and when did they make purchases that were attempts to distance themselves from white racism? Given what we know about regional African American food preferences in the Chesapeake, what did it mean when the Maynards or the Burgesses entered their local grocery store and purchased a particular cut of pork? Or how did keeping chickens and fishing along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay make their lives better amid a relentlessly racist society? The answers to these questions will take us from the stockyards of Chicago, to the pages of etiquette books, and then back again to the objects we found buried at 163 Duke of Gloucester Street.

Keywords:   African American foodways, Chesapeake region, mass consumer culture

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