Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hale, "When Jim Crow Drank Coke"

Grace Elizabeth Hale (credit)
Yesterday's New York Times included a fascinating op-ed piece by historian Grace Elizabeth Hale (University of Virginia). Her starting point is the NAACP's response to New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s restrictions on the size of sugary sodas. "This is more than a story of mutual back-scratching," Hale writes. "It is the latest episode in the long and often fractious history of soft drinks, prohibition laws and race." Read on here.