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By Doris Witt

ISBN-10: 0816645515

ISBN-13: 9780816645510

focuses on debates which were waged over the time period 'soul food'
since the tumultuous period of the past due 1960's and early 1970's.

BLACK starvation appears to be like in particular at how the organization of African-
American girls with meals has helped constitution twentieth-century
psychic, cultural, sociopolitical, and financial lifestyles in America.
An organization that has blossomed right into a advanced net of political,
religious, sexual and racial tensions among Blacks and whites,
and in the Black group itself.

Doris Witt makes use of vaudeville, literature, movie and cookbooks to
explore how meals has been used to perpetuate and problem racial
stereotypes. -- The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

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Hurst then details her efforts to achieve frailty and therefore glory, admitting, "There was to come a time, fallen so low had I, when to stand with my nose plastered against the plate-glass windows of lunchroom emporiums, where flapjacks, later to be smothered under melting butter and golden syrup[,] were being juggled, became one of my favorite outdoor sports" (27). Having passed through the stage when she "pitied obesity in others, and did all in [her] power to either induce or encourage it" (33), Hurst reports that her current wish is to be freed from her obsession with food and dieting—though she fears that she is "too infected with this slimming phobia to hope for complete redemption" (52).

Walter Thompson advertising agency to initiate a campaign for the pancake mix. " Seven years later Quaker Oats acquired the trademark, but sales quickly plummeted during the Depression. In order to try to reinterest the public in a nonnecessity item, Quaker Oats advertisers decided to hire someone to portray Aunt Jemima once again, Nancy Green having been killed in an automobile accident in 1923. Open auditions in Chicago resulted in the discovery of Anna Robinson, whose appearance more nearly approximated the "mammy" stereotype than had that of the slender Nancy Green.

Fannie Hurst actually thematizes this process in her hugely popular novel Imitation of Life. Published in 1933, its narrative recounts the successful efforts of a young Jewish widow, Bea Pullman, to create a business empire by appropriating the candy and waffle recipes and cooking skills of her African American maid, Delilah Johnson. ) A main subplot of the novel requires Delilah to suffer the rejection of her daughter, Peola, a "tragic mulatta" who is passing for white. Rogin points out that Hurst, "who herself passed as gentile, doubled her Jewish family drama" by using Imitation of Life to turn "the American family romance (as the wish through passing to replace the parents of one's birth) into melodrama" (123-24).

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