The History of Foodways in Florida

Food is an essential element of every culture, something every human being now and throughout history has been thoroughly interested in. It is so much a part of our daily lives, in fact, that we often fail to recognize how useful it is as a tool for analyzing the history of a particular community, ethnic group or time period. What we grow, what we eat, and how we prepare, store and serve our food says a great deal about who we are and where we come from.

This primary source set uses foodways as a lens for investigating the cultural, social and political history of Florida and the United States. The documents demonstrate how the production, marketing and consumption of food can take on meaning far beyond the simple act of satisfying hunger. They also illustrate how food sometimes lies at the center of relationships between cultural groups as well as between society and the state.

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