The potlikker papers is a peoples history of the modern south a panoramic mural of the souths culinary heritage illuminating the regions troubled place at the american table and the unsung role of cooks in the quest for social justice. The potlikker papers is a social history of food in the american south and how the food the south is known for from fried chicken to hopping john to gumbo to po boys is a result of the afr during slavery the owners would dine on the greens while the liquid in the pot was left for the slaves to consume. The potlikker papers begins in 1955 as black cooks and maids fed and supported the montgomery bus boycott and it concludes in 2015 as a newer south came to be enriched by the arrival of . Potlikker is a quintessential southern dish and the potlikker papers is a peoples history of the modern south told through its food beginning with the pivotal role cooks and waiters played in the civil rights movement noted authority john t edge narrates the souths fitful journey from a hive of racism to a hotbed of american immigration. Last nashville reads season our selection was the potlikker papers a peoples history of the modern south told through its food beginning with the pivotal role of cooking and restaurants in the civil rights movement john t edge narrates the souths journey from a hive of racism to a hotbed of american immigration
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