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Wishing all of you a safe and happy 4th of July.
Grant enters Vicksburg, July 4, 1863, Mort Kunstler
Happy Fourth to you as well.
And a reminder from the Tenement Museum that the immigrants’ 4th of July feast of a century ago is now the mainstream holiday repast:
“Even on our nation’s birthday, it is likely that immigrants would have eaten foods that were familiar to them. Over time many of these foods have become part of mainstream American food culture. When we imagine summertime barbeques, we see potato salad, cole slaw, hamburgers, sauerkraut, sausage, Italian ice, and many other foods that immigrants introduced to the United States. And how could we forget the hot dog? German immigrants brought wienerwurst to the United States during the nineteenth century. Now an all-beef hotdog on a split-top bun is as American as apple pie.”
One of my favorite museums. Thanks, Pat.
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