04 Jul '11, 12pm

Did Americans Always Love Hot Dogs? Not Really

Did Americans Always Love Hot Dogs? Not Really

But as we Americans may have our misgivings about hot dogs, or at least concerns about its unexplained contents, we still eat a whole lot of them. On this day alone (July 4th) Americans are expected to eat around 150 million of the tubular goodies, and people from all walks of life (excepting vegetarians) seem to enjoy them, at least on occasion. But it wasn’t always a world of open arms acceptance for the hot dog. Up until about the mid-twentieth century, the hot dog was considered the food of the low lives and largely unfit for consumption by respectable Americans. In affluent communities like Scarsdale, New York, and Evanston, Illinois, hot dog sales were banned, and Hot dog vendors and advocates, after much finger pointing, were made to defend their wares from allegations that the products contained actual dog meat, launching campaigns to change the name to “franks,” “...

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