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Curating an Online Food Exhibit: “Making the Modern American Food System”

After studying the food views of second-wave feminists, the cuisines of the counterculture and the 1950s, and the foodways of turn-of-the century immigrants, Dr. Warren Belasco’s U.S. Food History course turned to specific histories of the industrial food system—from the Dust Bowl to the industrialization of milk production to the rise and triumph of refrigeration. At each stage, we pondered how these events, people, and institutions contributed to both America’s abundant, cheap food supply and the distancing of Americans from traditional food knowledge.

The course culminated in our final project assignment: creating an online food exhibit dedicated to the creation of the modern American food system.

And so I invite you to visit my online exhibit, “Making the Modern American Food System.”

Food System History

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