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No Useless Mouth: Waging War and Fighting Hunger in the American Revolution

Rachel B. Herrmann


In the era of the American Revolution, the rituals of diplomacy between the British, Patriots, and Native Americans featured gifts of food, ceremonial feasts, and a shared experience of hunger. When diplomacy failed, Native Americans could destroy food stores and cut off supply chains in order to assert authority. Black colonists also stole and destroyed food to ward off hunger and carve out tenuous spaces of freedom. Hunger was a means of power and a weapon of war. This book argues that Native Americans and formerly enslaved black colonists ultimately lost the battle against hunger and the la ... More

Keywords: American Revolution, food, ceremonial feasts, hunger, Native Americans, black colonists, food diplomacy, victual imperialism, victual warfare, enslaved peoples

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501716119
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501716119.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel B. Herrmann, author
Cardiff University