‘High on the Hog’ Rewrites Food History On-screen

‘High on the Hog’ Rewrites Food History On-screen

Dr. Jessica B. Harris and Stephen Satterfield.The fourth episode of High on the Hog: How African Cuisine Transformed America, a new Netflix documentary series, begins with the voice of Laura Smalley. In a crackly recording from 1941, Smalley, a former enslaved person in Hempstead, tells the story of the day she learned she was no longer shackled to the land she tended—two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. “You know what? Ol’ master didn’t tell you no one was free,” Smalley recalls. “. . . Turned them loose on the nineteenth of June. That’s why we celebrate that day.” The striking decision to start a Texas-centered episode with Smalley’s voice is the first of many careful considerations we see in the series, which is based on a 2011 book…View Original Post

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