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Dwight B. Billings and Ann E. Kingsolver

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813175324

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813175324.001.0001

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Gathering Wild Greens

Gathering Wild Greens

Foodways Lessons from Appalachia’s Past

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Appalachia in Regional Context

Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt

University Press of Kentucky

Elizabeth Engelhardt examines Depression-era novels and other sources to examine foodways in Appalachian and southern mill towns in relation to the dietary disease of pellagra. Foraging the commons for wild greens, while not actually curing pellagra, was nonetheless curative for other reasons. Gathering wild greens challenged unbalanced diets and the overreliance on processed foods as well as the regimentation of corporatized clock time and the unhealthy conditions of factory life, consumerism, and commodification. Wandering and gathering in wild places may likewise be curative for at least some of the ills that threaten higher education today.

Keywords:   commons, foodways, foraging, greens, factory life, pellagra, mill towns, higher education

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