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John Egerton was one of the foremost experts on Southern food and culture until his passing in 2013. He was best known for his writing on the Civil Rights movement and Southern history. Egerton helped found the Southern Foodways Alliance and wrote or edited around 20 books. His titles include Southern Food, The Americanization of Dixie, Speak Now Against the Day, and Shades of Gray: Dispatches from the Modern South.
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