If you've wondered what Americans ate during the Great Depression in the 1930s (besides the mock apple pie printed on the side of the box of Ritz crackers, or the eggless, butterless, sugarless "Depression Cake" that is still seen in cookbooks in the twenty-first century) this website has the answers. What America Ate, a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project from Michigan State University presents three broad categories of information. These consist of digital versions of material collected during the original America Eats project (a Depression-era program in which writers and photographers documented eating habits of people around the country); food advertisements, pamphlets, and packaging created by manufacturers; and 200 community cookbooks that were created by women's groups, clubs, and churches and produced in small editions. The archive currently features a handful of essays, such as Domestic Workers in the South by Rebecca Sharpless, Professor of History at Texas Christian University. It's also possible to search and browse historical recipes, and sign up to transcribe more recipes to make them more searchable.
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