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date: 18 July 2019

Food in the 19th-century American City 

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Urban History
Author(s):
Cindy LobelCindy Lobel

With the growth of American cities in the 19th century, urban foodways became increasingly complex. Among the developments that occurred were the shift from public markets to retail food shops as the main suppliers of urbanites’ daily necessities, the emergence of restaurants, the increasing immigrant influence on urban foodways, industrialization of the food system, and the development of certain cities as food-processing centers. Food history is a burgeoning field, and historians are just beginning to explore the intersections between urban growth and foodways, seeing food as a lens for understanding the growth of cities and vice versa.... ...

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