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Eating While Poor in the Jim Crow South

Southern chicken and rice soup, recipe below
The fall semester is winding down in most US colleges.  By this time in the year the students can start to complain about the cafeteria food look forward to a home cooked meal over the winter break. Students in the south wanted more variety in cafeteria menus but Jim Crow customs and traditions meant that black institutions received far less state funding than white institutions.  As a result administrators had to use leftovers in soups and stews to reduce their expenditures. As Lamenta Watkins Crouch a Virginia State alum recalled, “If there was chicken and vegetables served one day, we knew there was going to be chicken vegetable soup the next day.” 

Southern Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Southern-Chicken-Rice-Soup

Vegetarian Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe:
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=576785


Soup Stories and Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=soup

Eating While Poor Series with Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Eating+While+Poor

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