Join Xaiver Campbell as he shows the sticky history of molasses. Xaiver uses molasses as a way to explore empire, enslavement, colonialism, and capitalism through the creation, transportation, and consumption of the sweetener. We explore ways for students to put themselves into recipes to connect to the past and how we can use our historical imagination to connect to people who were not able to leave their own records behind.
This conversation brings recipes and ingredients as the source into the history classroom to spark conversations around colonialism and capitalism in Canada.
Lesson Suggestions from the video – Comment to add your own!
Eat Your Primary Sources! Or, Teaching The Taste of History – The Recipe Project
A Shared History Through Food – Canada’s History
Teaching the African Diaspora in Canada – African American Intellectual History Society
Black Canadian Coutnernarratives – Teaching African Canadian History
Helpful LinksMore information here:
The dark side of cod, rum and molasses: Dispelling the myths around N.L. staple foods – Unearthed
Early Newfoundland and the Atlantic World: Imports to Newfoundland in the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries – Joshua Tavenor
Slavery in Newfoundland and Labrador Episode 3: Of salt cod and lassie buns – Unearthed
Slavery in Newfoundland and Labrador Episode 1: Who was W.H.? – Unearthed