Soul Food In African American Culture

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African American’s most important cultural characteristic is its love of food, resulting from the years of slavery and oppression they went through. Because food is such a strong and powerful key in black tradition, it is proven that African Americans that have struggled through the years and developing their own identity in fact resulted in what we know as “soul food”. “Soul food”, as we call it, was created in slavery times and is the foundation for the African American food we have today. As the basis of black culture soul food is what has brought African American families together for many years, good and bad times. Slavery in America began when the first African slaves were taken and brought to America. The first colony to ever begin to use slaves was Jamestown, Virginia in the early 1600s. African American slaves helped build the foundation of the newly inhabited land called America. When the cotton gin of 1793 was invented the demand for slaves became a vital…show more content…
Acknowledged as a dark time in the history of America, this period of time resulted in a meal made from the inadequate ingredients available to the slaves and sharecroppers of black families. The meats and vegetables used in this period were the undesirable cuts, with some vegetables closest to eating weeds, but that was the only thing available for the black slaves to prepare for their families. From these inadequate ingredients evolved a meal that is simple, yet wholehearted and delicious. Seasoned, battered, smoked, fried, collard greens, fried chicken, potato salad corn bread, mac n, cheese, and sweet potato pie are all the results from this amazing African American heritage. Many other soul foods include chicken and waffles, chicken fried steak, fried chicken, fried fish, collard greens, black eyed peas, and much more All of these being the foundation of black Southern
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