Wartime fat shaming (1917)

Here’s another story from the Cornell University Archives. Faculty at the NY State College of Home Economics worked closely with the federal Food Administration to develop and manage food rationing during the First World War. Home Economists taught people how to use underutilized foods, but in calling on citizens to “do their fair share” inContinue reading “Wartime fat shaming (1917)”

American exodus, viewed from Africa

In Cotton and Race across the Atlantic, I wrote about several attempts to transplant African Americans to Africa. The idea of emigration is an old one, dating a century beyond the well-known antics of Marcus Garvey and his “back to Africa” movement. Historians have written a lot about African American emigration movements, but relatively little is knownContinue reading “American exodus, viewed from Africa”