Teaching World War One History through Food

This site provides links to five videos that explore the history of World War One through food. The site is intended as a teaching resource to deepen students' knowledge and understanding of Americans' experience of World War One and to offer history teachers materials for their classroom use.

These videos are a project of American Food Roots, Professor Julia Irwin of the University of South Florida, Professor Helen Veit of Michigan State University, and Dr. Amanda Moniz of the National History Center of the American Historical Association, in collaboration with the World War One Museum at Liberty Memorial. After the introductory video, each video features Professors Irwin and Veit talking with journalist Bonny Wolf about the food history of the war, while Dr. Moniz demonstrates recipes from wartime cookbooks. The recipes can be found on the American Food Roots website.  You can learn more about this project by reading Amanda's AHA Today piece "How WWI Changed My Views about Peanut Butter."

WWI rallying cry: Food will win the war

Article and recipe on American Food Roots

WWI food shortages changed American eating habits

Article and recipe on American Food Roots

A WWI meal: soybean croquettes and cornmeal rolls

Learning to go without meat and wheat in WWI

Article and recipe on American Food Roots

Eating nose to tail meant more meat for Europe in WWI

Article and recipe on American Food Roots

WWI sugar substitutes no sacrifice today

Article and recipe on American Food Roots

From the 2015 Annual Meeting

Food Will Win the War: A K-12 Educators' Workshop on Teaching World War I, 1914-19

"Food Will Win the War" trained K-12 educators on how to use food as an instructional aid in teaching World War I. This innovative approach stresses the importance of food and food conservation to the war effort, and the place of humanitarianism and hunger relief in US relations with Europe. The workshop was sponsored by the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board and co-organized by the AHA, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and National History Day.