Essay .................... Simply Necessity? Agency and Aesthetics in Southern Home Canning by Danille Elise Christensen Women from the coal camps of West Virginia to the wetlands of Louisiana have had much to say about need, beauty, display, and exchange as they've discussed the production of home-bottled foods. Pearl White of Oklahoma standing in front of her prize-winning canning exhibit at the national 4-H canning exhibit contest sponsored by Kerr Glass Mfg. Corp., Sand Springs, Oklahoma, 1931, 4-H Projects and Demonstrations, Home Economics (UA023.008.100), Special Collections Research Center, NCSU Libraries. n a 2008 ethnographic celebration of American county fairs, Drake Hokanson and Carol Kratz pointed to pigs, quilts, and dirty pickup trucks as surefire signs of rural culture. Jars of colorful award-winning preserves also affirmed the vibrant life beyond urban centers: after all, the authors asked, "Who in the city makes jelly?" Indeed, jars of sweet potato butter, corncob jelly, pickled ramps, and peach-pecan preserves proclaim country pride in venues across the South today. They crowd the shelves of the Museum of Appalachia store in Clinton, Tennessee, and balance in stacks at the Western North Carolina Farmers' Market in Asheville. Farther east, in South Carolina's Lowcountry, the Charleston Farmers'
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Mar 29, 2015
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