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Old 01-02-2012, 12:47 PM   #1
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Black Eyed Peas

The Real Story is much more interesting and has gone untold for fear
that feelings would be hurt. Itís a story of war, the most brutal and
bloody war, military might and power pushed upon civilians, women,
children and elderly. Never seen as a war crime, this was the policy of
the greatest nation on earth trying to maintain that status at all
costs. An unhealed wound remains in the hearts of some people of the
southern states even today; on the other hand, the policy of slavery
has been an open wound that has also been slow to heal but is okay to
talk about.

The story of THE BLACK-EYED PEA being considered good luck relates
directly back to Sherman's Bloody March to the Sea in late 1864. It was
called The Savannah Campaign and was lead by Major General William T.
Sherman. The Civil War campaign began on 11/15/1864 when Sherman 's
troops marched from the captured city of Atlanta, Georgia, and ended at
the port of Savannah on 12/22/1864.

When the smoke cleared, the southerners who had survived the onslaught
came out of hiding. They found that the blue belly aggressors that had
looted and stolen everything of value and everything you could eat
including all livestock, death and destruction were everywhere. While
in hiding, few had enough to eat, and starvation was now upon the
survivors.

There was no international aid, no Red Cross meal trucks. The Northern
army had taken everything they could carry and eaten everything they
could eat. But they couldnít take it all. The devastated people of the
south found for some unknown reason that Shermanís bloodthirsty troops
had left silos full of black-eyed peas.

At the time in the north, the lowly black eyed pea was only used to
feed stock. The northern troops saw it as the thing of least value.
Taking grain for their horses and livestock and other crops to feed
themselves, they just couldnít take everything. So they left the black
eyed peas in great quantities assuming it would be of no use to the
survivors, since all the livestock it could feed had either been taken
or eaten.

Southerners awoke to face a new year in this devastation and were
facing massive starvation if not for the good luck of having the black
eyed peas to eat. From New Years Day 1866 forward, the tradition grew
to eat black eyed peas on New Yearís Day for good luck.
And now you know the story.
My Dear Friends may 2012 be the absolutely best year of your entire
life and may God continue to heap His rich blessings upon you.

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Old 01-02-2012, 12:47 PM   #2
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Black Eyed Peas

The Real Story is much more interesting and has gone untold for fear
that feelings would be hurt. Itís a story of war, the most brutal and
bloody war, military might and power pushed upon civilians, women,
children and elderly. Never seen as a war crime, this was the policy of
the greatest nation on earth trying to maintain that status at all
costs. An unhealed wound remains in the hearts of some people of the
southern states even today; on the other hand, the policy of slavery
has been an open wound that has also been slow to heal but is okay to
talk about.

The story of THE BLACK-EYED PEA being considered good luck relates
directly back to Sherman's Bloody March to the Sea in late 1864. It was
called The Savannah Campaign and was lead by Major General William T.
Sherman. The Civil War campaign began on 11/15/1864 when Sherman 's
troops marched from the captured city of Atlanta, Georgia, and ended at
the port of Savannah on 12/22/1864.

When the smoke cleared, the southerners who had survived the onslaught
came out of hiding. They found that the blue belly aggressors that had
looted and stolen everything of value and everything you could eat
including all livestock, death and destruction were everywhere. While
in hiding, few had enough to eat, and starvation was now upon the
survivors.

There was no international aid, no Red Cross meal trucks. The Northern
army had taken everything they could carry and eaten everything they
could eat. But they couldnít take it all. The devastated people of the
south found for some unknown reason that Shermanís bloodthirsty troops
had left silos full of black-eyed peas.

At the time in the north, the lowly black eyed pea was only used to
feed stock. The northern troops saw it as the thing of least value.
Taking grain for their horses and livestock and other crops to feed
themselves, they just couldnít take everything. So they left the black
eyed peas in great quantities assuming it would be of no use to the
survivors, since all the livestock it could feed had either been taken
or eaten.

Southerners awoke to face a new year in this devastation and were
facing massive starvation if not for the good luck of having the black
eyed peas to eat. From New Years Day 1866 forward, the tradition grew
to eat black eyed peas on New Yearís Day for good luck.
And now you know the story.
My Dear Friends may 2012 be the absolutely best year of your entire
life and may God continue to heap His rich blessings upon you.
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great history lesson thanks.
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The first I had heard of how the tradition was started.
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Very informative! Thank you, Doug.
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:24 AM   #10
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Eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day is thought to bring prosperity.

The "good luck" traditions of eating black-eyed peas at Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, are recorded in the Babylonian Talmud (compiled ~500 CE), Horayot 12A: "Abaye [d. 339 CE] said, now that you have established that good-luck symbols avail, you should make it a habit to see qara (bottle gourd), rubiya (black-eyed peas, Arabic lubiya), kartei (leeks), silka (either beets or spinach), and tamrei (dates) on your table on the New Year." However, the custom may have resulted from an early mistranslation of the Aramaic word rubiya (fenugreek).[4]

A parallel text in Kritot 5B states one should eat these symbols of good luck. The accepted custom (Shulhan Aruh Orah Hayim 583:1, 16th century, the standard code of Jewish law and practice) is to eat the symbols. This custom is followed by Sephardi and Israeli Jews to this day.

In the United States, the first Sephardi Jews arrived in Georgia in the 1730s, and have lived there continuously since. The Jewish practice was apparently adopted by non-Jews around the time of the American Civil War.

In the Southern United States,[5] the peas are typically cooked with a pork product for flavoring (such as bacon, ham bones, fatback, or hog jowl), diced onion, and served with a hot chili sauce or a pepper-flavored vinegar.

The traditional meal also features collard, turnip, or mustard greens, and ham. The peas, since they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity; the greens symbolize money; the pork, because pigs root forward when foraging, represents positive motion.[6] Cornbread also often accompanies this meal.

Another suggested origin of the tradition dates back to the Civil War, when Union troops, especially in areas targeted by General William Tecumseh Sherman, typically stripped the countryside of all stored food, crops, and livestock, and destroyed whatever they could not carry away. At that time, Northerners considered "field peas" and field corn suitable only for animal fodder, and did not steal or destroy these humble foods.[7]
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