Date of Award
M.A. in History
Ted M. Ownby
University of Mississippi
This thesis is a history of the evolution of the grocery industry in Mississippi in the twentieth century. I used primary source interviews, analysis of newspaper articles and advertisements, U.S. Census data, archival materials, and secondary sources to inform the thesis. The research focuses on an urban market in Jackson, Mississippi, and a rural market in Philadelphia, Mississippi. This history also concentrates on two Mississippi-based supermarket chains, Jitney-Jungle and Sunflower, and the families that founded them. The thesis argued that the innovations in grocery retailing during this era improved the lives of all Mississippians by lowering the cost of food, offering more numerous selections, providing employment opportunities, and facilitating the administration of government food programs.
Gulley, James R., "Food Retailing in Mississippi, 1895-2000" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2511.