Childhood Foods and Nostalgia

Animal crackers don't taste like they used to. I came to this realization recently when I tried some. They taste a little too smooth, light, and bland compared to what I remember from childhood. I distinctly remember how much of a treat it was to have a box of animal crackers and how I looked …

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Post-Civil War Slave Nostalgia

Update: This is a timely post, as my student, Kimberley Davis, reminded me with this letter purportedly written by an emancipated slave to his former owner.  I am currently looking at post-Civil War interviews and memoirs of African American men and women who were enslaved at The Hermitage. The interviews are rendered in the stereotypical …

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