Al Clayton’s Still Hungry in America asks two questions. First, what are the economic mechanisms that led to the circumstances depicted here? And second, what are the structures that keep this hunger and poverty in place?
At the 2018 Winter Symposium, Ralph Eubanks and Tom Ward had a conversation about SFA’s re-release of Still Hungry in America. Watch Eubanks and Ward discuss the book, and the lingering importance of these images for conversations about modern poverty and food justice.
The summer of 1964 in Mississippi was Freedom Summer, a huge campaign to register black Americans to vote. Among the students and teachers who traveled to Mississippi for the movement were doctors and nurses and medical students. While they moved around the state, patching up civil rights workers, they saw a poverty they could never have imagined. People were hungry, starving to death from malnutrition, particularly in the Mississippi Delta.
The Southern Foodways Alliance, in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, has republished Still Hungry in America as part of its Culture, People, and Place book series.