Fireplace

After tasks were done, the family's activities centered on home--cooking in the fireplace and making things together by the fire's light. Cooking supper and eating together were important to these families.

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Enslaved Africans brought sophisticated farming skills with them to the New World, and supplemented the rations given to them by the plantation owner by growing much of their own food.


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Foods native to Africa, and now a part of the American diet, include watermelon, okra, black-eyed peas, yams, and sesame seeds.



* Think about it

Since most enslaved people could not read or write, how would family recipes have been handed down from generation to generation?

What kinds of foods might they cook in big pots?

What recipes do you know that include African-based foods?



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