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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2009

HIS 365G • Food In America, 1941-Pres-W

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Course Description

This seminar examines the history of food consumption and eating habits in the United States since 1941. We will explore some of the contradictions of American food during this period. In this era, Americas ate more fast food but also had many more food choices, reflected in the ethnic cuisines they ate over time. We will also discuss the industrialization of food, the green revolution in the United States and abroad, food safety, food fads, poverty and hunger, and the ongoing American obsessions and problems with obesity and thinness. Texts/Readings: - Laura Shapiro, Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America - Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals - Course Reader with selections from journals, magazines, and newspapers. Assignments: Food Ethnography - 10% Food Marketing Analysis -0% Midterm Examination -15% Research Paper-35% Final Examination - 20% Attendance and Discussion -10%


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