Bananas: An American History

Bananas: An American History

by Virgina Jenkins
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1560989661

ISBN-13: 9781560989660

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press

Before 1880 most Americans had never seen a banana. By 1910 bananas were so common that streets were littered with their peels. Today Americans eat on average nearly seventy-five per year. More than a staple of the American diet, bananas have gained a secure place in the nation's culture and folklore. They have been recommended as the secret to longevity, the

Overview

Before 1880 most Americans had never seen a banana. By 1910 bananas were so common that streets were littered with their peels. Today Americans eat on average nearly seventy-five per year. More than a staple of the American diet, bananas have gained a secure place in the nation's culture and folklore. They have been recommended as the secret to longevity, the perfect food for infants, and the cure for warts, headaches, and stage fright. Essential to the cereal bowl and the pratfall, they remain a mainstay of jokes, songs, and wordplay even after a century of rapid change.

Covering every aspect of the banana in American culture, from its beginnings as luxury food to its reputation in the 1910s as the “poor man's” fruit to its role today as a healthy, easy-to-carry snack, Bananas provides an insightful look at a fruit with appeal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560989660
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsv
Introductionvii
1Introducing Bananas1
2Politics and Bananas16
3Transporting Bananas40
4Selling Bananas56
5Peril and Panacea79
6Eating Bananas101
7Celebrating Bananas126
8Meaning of Bananas142
AppendixSongs of Bananas173
Notes177
Index207

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