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THE HISTORY ISSUE
No. 8 — Spring 2021

The term history was derived from the greek historia, which broadly translates to an inquiry or the act of seeking knowledge. In The History Issue, that’s what we set out to do. By opening an inquiry into our global history, we can see the reverberations of the past on the present, and arguably, the future as well.

As we explore the past throughout this issue, a common thread of colonialism, and its expressions in capitalism, conquest and beyond, weaves itself through these narratives. The ghosts of colonialist policies continue to haunt our present, propagated by systems founded on them. These ghosts express themselves in the persistence of police brutality that the #EndSARS protests aim to combat, and the systemic dispossession of lands from Black Americans that Black women look to reclaim today.

The stories in this issue center around the way in which food has been used as a tool of oppression, revolution and even hope. They span from India, where farmers are fighting for their lives, to Brazil, where Afrofuturism holds promise as a decolonizing tool for the future.

Through this issue, you can explore the Indigenous practice of restoring ancestral seeds, and delve into the relationship between bakers and anarchy in Argentina. You can take a trip to France where food and politics have always been intertwined, and learn how bread spurred on an Egyptian revolution.

Plus, you can try your hand at our second Life & Thyme crossword, explore our new Letters to the Editors section, and more.

In This Issue

Restoring Ancestral Seeds To Indigenous Communities
By Elena Valeriote
Through the process of seed rematriation, Indigenous communities restore relationships with their ancestral seeds.

Grand Central Market’s Better Angels
By Gia Hughes
Los Angeles’s Grand Central Market has experienced two once-in-a-century pandemics. We share their experience through COVID-19 today.

The Lone Fisherman
By Kayla Stewart
The Gulf Coast’s commercial fishing industry is largely white, but Black Americans help create the fishing culture of the American South.

In Buenos Aires, Bread Tells the Story of Resistance
By Kevin Vaughn
Anarchist bakers played an important role in building Argentina’s workers’ movement. More than a century later, bakers are once again using bread as a form of resistance.

Tales of Bread and Unfinished Revolution in Egypt
By Marianne Dhenin
A history of protest in Egypt reveals ties between bread and notions of freedom and human dignity.

What Feijoada Teaches Us About Racial Inequity in Brazil
By Juliana da Penha
Racial relations in Brazil can be understood through feijoada, a national gastronomy symbol, and Afrofuturism, a decolonizing tool for Black Brazilians.

“Black women, gathering virtually and in person, are planning and building land communities and looking to the South as viable spaces to secede enough from a society that harms Black people with impunity.”

— M Shelly Conner from “A Return: Black Women Find Respite in a Return To the South of Our Foremothers”

India’s Farmers’ Protest Shows No Signs of Wavering
By Brishti Basu
In a movement that began in November of 2020, tens of thousands of farmers and laborers in India continue to sit in protest on highways surrounding New Delhi, fighting a new set of laws that put their livelihoods at risk.

How Food Changed the Course of the #EndSARS Protests in Nigeria
By Zainab Onuh-Yahaya
Food played a crucial part in the #EndSARS protests against police brutality in Nigeria, bringing young Nigerians together in a fight against injustice and oppression.

Fruit and Flesh of Empire
By Rezina Habtemariam
Contaminated bodies and ecosystems by pesticide use on banana plantations in the French Caribbean reveals the ongoing aftermath of colonial violence.

A Return: Black Women Find Respite in a Return To the South of Our Foremothers
By M Shelly Conner
M Shelly Conner and her wife build their new Arkansas homestead, and connect with a movement of Black women returning to the South of their foremothers to reconnect with home and land.

Los Angeles Athletic Club’s Legacy of Hijinx
By Gia Hughes
A club founded on whimsy, comradery and spirit(s), we reimagine the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s 1913 Frank Young Cocktail.

You Are What You Eat—Especially If You’re a French Politician
By Emily Monaco
Marie Antoinette never said “let them eat cake,” but for better or worse, the French are obsessed with what their people of power eat.

“Bread was the edible manifestation of the reality that confronted hundreds of thousands of European immigrants who flocked to Argentina on promises of a better life and found that the New World did not come as advertised.”

— Kevin Vaughn from “In Buenos Aires, Bread Tells the Story of Resistance”

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