SOC401-Survey of Research Methologies: Week 3 – Working Thesis and Outline

Paper Title: The History of the American Diet

Working Thesis I: The food that Americans eat has changed tremendously over the past century, and I would say not for the better.

Working Thesis II: The food that Americans eat has changed tremendously over the past century and looking back, I think it is clear that we need to stop and take a look at where we are going.

(I was not sure which thesis was more effective so I put them both in for your feedback.)

I.            Introduction & Thesis Statement

II.            The Early 1900’s

  1. Cooking and Eating Habits – Home cooked, local foods
  2. Popular Ingredients – Depended on region and ethnic background
  3. New foods and technologies – Instant coffee (1901), Cornflakes (1902), Popsicle (1905) (Olver)

III.            The mid to late 1900’s

  1. Cooking and Eating Habits – McDonalds opens in 1937, The first drive-thru McDonalds is born (1948) (Famento)
  2. Ingredients – Industrialization of foods
  3. New foods and technologies – Microwave Oven (1947), TV Dinners (1953), Frozen Yogurt (1972) (Olver)

IV.            Present Day

  1. Cooking and Eating Habits – Industrialized foods rule, fast food, obesity in America (Bittman)
  2. Ingredients – Corn (corn syrup, corn meal, corn oil, etc.) (Pollan)
  3. New Trend – ‘Going green’

V.            Conclusion

  1. In looking at the past we must wonder what the future holds. Will America continue on the path to unhealthy eating and obesity or will they see the problem, educate themselves, and find the solution?


Works Cited

Bittman, Mark. “Mark Bittman on what’s wrong with what we eat.” December 2007. TED Ideas Worth Spreading. 21 January 2012 <;.

Famento. “The History of Fast Food.” 2008. timeline beta. 21 January 2012 <;.

Olver, Lynne. “FAQs: popular 20th century American foods.” 22 September 2011. The Food Timeline. 21 January 2012 <;.

Pollan, Michael. “We Are What We Eat.” 2004. Center for Ecoliteracy. 21 January 2012 <;.



4 thoughts on “SOC401-Survey of Research Methologies: Week 3 – Working Thesis and Outline

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