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VIRTUAL TALK: “No Useless Mouth” with Rachel Herrmann
November 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm$10.00
Please Note Time Change, Now Scheduled for Noon
NO USELESS MOUTH:
Waging War and Fighting Hunger in the American Revolution
In the era of the American Revolution, guns weren’t the only weapons of war. Hunger was also at the center of every power struggle. In peaceful times, gifts of food, ceremonial feasts and a shared experience of hunger were part of the diplomacy between the British, Patriots and Native Americans. However, when diplomacy failed, food became a powerful tool of warfare. Native Americans asserted authority by destroying food stores and cutting off supply chains. Black colonists also stole and destroyed food to ward off hunger and carve out tenuous spaces of freedom. However, because white British and United State officials were best equipped at the politics of food, the others not only lost the battle against hunger, but also the larger struggle for power. By exploring three interrelated behaviors—food diplomacy, victual imperialism, and victual warfare—during this turbulent period in history, you’ll never look at warfare, or food, in quite the same way again.
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