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Food That Reaches Back through Slavery

Published: February 6, 2018

By Ike Sriskandarajah

Judith Carney is the author of “In the Shadow Of Slavery: Africa's Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World.” (University of California Press)

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The soul of American cuisine came out of bondage. On the holiday known as, Juneteenth, we remember the story of slavery and the foods that sustained the spirit.

African Americans celebrate their ancestors’ emancipation on June 19th, a holiday which became known as Juneteenth. On that day, families gather at picnics and cookouts across the South. The passage from Africa isn’t a common topic of conversation at these parties. But even though it isn’t on people’s minds, it is in their stomachs. In this story, first broadcast in 2010, Living on Earth’s Ike Sriskandarajah digs into the green foodways of the Black Atlantic.

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