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Faculty Member Angela Cooley's New Book Published

"To Live and Dine in Dixie" explores changing food culture of urban American South during Jim Crow era.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-21-2015

Mankato, Minn. – A Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty member is the author of a new book, “To Live and Dine in Dixie,” that looks at the changing urban food culture in the Jim Crow South.

Minnesota State Mankato Assistant Professor of History Angela Jill Cooley authored the book, which was published by the University of Georgia Press in Athens, Ga.

According to a new publication announcement by the publisher, the book “explores the changing food culture of the urban American South during the Jim Crow era by examining how race, ethnicity, class, and gender contributed to the development and maintenance of racial segregation in public eating places.”

The book announcement says that “focusing primarily on the 1900s to the 1960s, Angela Jill Cooley identifies the cultural differences between activists who saw public eating places like urban lunch counters as sites of political participation and believed access to such spaces a right of citizenship, and white supremacists who interpreted desegregation as a challenge to property rights and advocated local control over racial issues.”

Cooley’s book can be purchased online from the publisher, and from various online book sellers. The book’s publicity contact is Amanda E. Sharp from the University of Georgia Press. Sharp can be reached by phone at 706-542-4145 or by email at

Cooley received a doctorate from the University of Alabama and a juris doctor degree from George Washington University.

Cooley can be reached at Minnesota State Mankato by phone at 507-389-1248 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of History is part of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences at the University.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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