Date of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Type

Thesis

Department

History

Director of Thesis

Nicole Maskiell

Second Reader

P. William Hoffmann

Abstract

Following the chronological development of the American South from the pre-colonial era to the present day, this thesis analyzes the importance of cornbread in relation to historical circumstances. Native Americans, British settlers, early Americans, and self-identifying Southerners all related to the land and to its food in unique ways. Narrowing the scope of this broad topic to the specific point of cornbread allows for an analysis of the continuity and change of people's circumstances and life experience, as well as the ways in which people define themselves by their food.

Comments

Food is integral to the human experience. This thesis aims to track the evolution and solidification of a distinct “Southern” identity through the concrete material of cornbread. By looking at the broad developments of Southern history from the limited perspective of cornbread allows for an analysis of identity that focuses more on the human experience than general historical trends.

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1

Last Page

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