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To Live And Dine in Dixie: Mixing food and civil rights

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When we sit down in a restaurant today, we give little thought to any social impact or ramifications. That’s because we live in a world where we don’t HAVE to give it much thought. Most of us sit and eat with people of different races and cultures and the only thing we consider is the menu. We have that luxury today but it wasn’t always so. There was a time in this country’s history when eating a meal at a restaurant could be a statement of defiance, or a statement of deep-seated bias. That’s why Angela Jill Cooley’s new book, To Live and Dine in Dixie: The Evolution of Urban Food Culture in the Jim Crow South (University of Georgia…

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