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Both symbolically and in reality the hog has become ingrained in the culture of Alabama. Join us for “Hogs in Alabama Culture” presented by S. Jonathan Bass on Thursday, November 15th, at 12 noon at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The ArchiTreats: Food for Thought presentation will be held in the Alabama Power Auditorium.
Much like cotton, the hog developed from a simple economic staple to a broad cultural symbol. But cotton was a static symbol–fixed and unchanging– one, that at least in the last fifty years or so, has “faded into the fabric of our lives “ or, in other words, a symbol that no longer represents a people or a place. But the hog has endured and evolved as the state has changed from a rural-agricultural to an urban-industrial society. Bass will trace the history of Alabama’s dependency on hogs as the back-bone of the southern farm to the mainstay of the state’s barbecue addiction. The gentle porker remains just as important to our state’s culture and diet today as it did when Alabama was a part of the rural frontier of the early 19th century.
Dr. Jonathan Bass is an associate professor of history at Samford University. He is the author of the book, Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Martin Luther King, Jr., Eight White Religious Leaders, and the ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail.’ He is currently completing a book-length manuscript entitled “He Calls Me By Lightning: The Search for Justice in Southern Courtrooms, Prison Cells, and Death Chambers.” His essay, “How ’bout a Hand for the Hog: The Enduring Nature of the Swine as a Cultural Symbol in the South” will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in the spring of 2008. Reared in Birmingham, Alabama, Bass received a B. A. and an M.A. degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
This presentation is one in a series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures at the Alabama Archives, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery. Bring a sack lunch; coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives.
For more information call (334) 353-4712.
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Created: October 30, 2007
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435