History & American Barbecue

Updated: Jun 11

Writing about history is a bit like trying to put together a puzzle without all the pieces. Particularly when considering the history of marginalized peoples, folks who often didn’t have the ability to publish books and create curriculums, we’re left with gaps. Black history is full of those gaps, many of which we are still attempting to fill in with folk tales and communal storytelling, tangential historical documents that don’t treat Black peoples as central and equal subjects, and in the case of food, knowledge systems that have been co-opted by white-Black power dynamics that persist today.

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