Black Pantry: The African American Image in the White Kitchen, 1893–1917

By Brandon Anioł.

Published by Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

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Between the 1890s and 1910s, manufacturers transformed African American imagery into advertising symbols to sell popular consumer products. Manufacturers captured bourgeoning racial stereotypes and developed them into usable, workable models for the twentieth-century. Exploring the construction of this imagery offers a clearer understanding of how race influenced consumer purchasing and vice versa. Most striking was white society’s encouragement of manufacturers to render the symbolic more realistic. Through the manufactured incarnation of racialized advertizing, figures like Aunt Jemima and the Gold Dust Twins developed into master symbols of race and modernity.

Keywords: Aunt Jemima, Gold Dust Twins, Cream of Wheat, Korn Kinks, Mammy, Pickaninny, Whiteness, Racism, Advertising, Consumerism, Modernity

Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.27-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 898.423KB).

Brandon Anioł

Graduate Student, History Department, University of Texas, San Antonio, USA

Brandon Anioł currently implements and develops Public Programs at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas. He has served as Humanities Texas Summer Teacher Institute Coordinator for UTSA since 2010. Anioł received his B.A. in History (2009) and M.A. in History (2012) from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is currently researching blended history survey courses in College of Liberal and Fine Arts at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Anioł is actively engaged in the historic preservation of his community and is also an Associate Member of the San Antonio Conservation Society.