History Bits & Bites

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LocationBlue Earth County Historical Society History Center located at 424 Warren Street in Mankato

Bring your lunch and learn a little history! This month, Dr. Jill Cooley, Associate Professor of History at Minnesota State, Mankato, will present on her book, To Live and Dine in Dixie. This book explores the changing food culture of the urban American South during the Jim Crow era by examining how race, ethnicity, class, and gender contributed to the development and maintenance of racial segregation in public eating places. Focusing primarily on the 1900s to the 1960s, Angela Jill Cooley identifies the cultural differences between activists who saw public eating places like urban lunch counters as sites of political participation and believed access to such spaces a right of citizenship, and white supremacists who interpreted desegregation as a challenge to property rights and advocated local control over racial issues.
Water and coffee provided. 


BECHS Members and Children 5-17

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