The Discovery of Hunger in America: The Politics of Race, Poverty, and Malnutrition after the Fall of Jim Crow

Quadrant: Health and Society

This project explores the massive public outcry over hunger in the U.S. that erupted shortly after the historic passage of civil rights legislation outlawing racial segregation. In 1968 CBS Reports aired the television documentary Hunger in America, and Professor Green uses the film and the response it triggered to explore the strikingly different understandings of and approaches to hunger and malnutrition that came into conflict in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Those conflicts have had long-lasting consequences for cultural understandings of race, poverty, and gender in America.

University of Minnesota