Monday, March 27, 2017

Sinclairs Jungle

As you remember the topic of my blog is food. For this entry i decided to write about Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. This was the famous novel that exposed abuses of the meat packing industry, and inspired the passage of the pure food and drug act. I used this link. It explains Sinclair in terms of muckraking, and traces the project back to a commission from a socialist magazine. He imagined a Lithuanian immigrant in Chicago who works in the meat packing industry. He is shocked by the conditions; for example, one of the workers falls into a vat and drowns. Americans reacted against the unsanitary conditions and demanded reform. Eventually Teddy Roosevelt passed the Pure Food and Drug Act, which provided for inspectors. I believe that people should be warned of what they are eating because its wrong to feed people random things.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Food in Antebellum America

You remember my topic is food. Since this blog is on the Antebellum unit, I decided to write about Sylvester Graham. He was a temperance activist and diet reformer. The following link is about his contributions. He invented the Graham cracker which is named after him. But the Graham cracker was only the tip of the iceberg. He developed it as a alternative to white bread, which he considered too processed. Another influence on modern diet came after his death, when his follower John Harvey Kellogg invented cornflakes. Its really cool to see the ideology behind seemingly ordinary food products.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Tempest in the teapot

As you remember my blog's theme is on food, which is important enough to explain the revolution. As this link explains, colonist drank a lot of tea. They did this in imitation of the British, who introduced the beverage in America. Britain putting a tax on tea upset colonists, who responded by boycotting the product. When Britain upped the ante by allowing the East India Company to sell tea in the colonies, protesters threw in Boston Harbor. For Britain this was the last straw and war became unavoidable. The moral of this blog in don't mess with Americans tea!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

As you remember from my last entry my blog is on food. Now my assignment is to relate the topic of food to our colonial unit. Probably the most famous meal from colonial times was the first Thanksgiving. I found this link at the History Channel describing what we know about the menu. A lot of the food was pretty familiar but i was surprised to see how much seafood they served. It was also interesting to see how the menu combined American and European dishes.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Americans are used to getting what they want when they want it so why not breakfast too. Americans are so used to this lifestyle that the food industry has taken advantage of this. The introduction of fast food and places that have breakfast all day have made billions because they take advantage of this. It has gotten to the point where some americans don't go to the grocery store anymore they just go eat out because they're too lazy to cook a meal themselves. For a link, I'm including the trailer for "Supersize Me", a documentary about fast food consumption.