Sugar Changed the World

Sugar Changed the World

A Story of Spice, Magic, Slavery, Freedom, and Science

Book - 2010
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Sugar has left a bloody trail through human history. Cane--not cotton or tobacco--drove the bloody Atlantic slave trade and took the lives of countless Africans who toiled on vast sugar plantations under cruel overseers. And yet the very popularity of sugar gave abolitionists in England the one tool that could finally end the slave trade. This book traces the history of sugar from its origins in New Guinea around 7000 B.C. to its use in the 21st century to produce ethanol.
Publisher: Boston : Clarion Books, c2010
ISBN: 9780618574926
Branch Call Number: 664.109 ARO 2010
Characteristics: 166 p. : ill. maps
Additional Contributors: Budhos, Marina Tamar


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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

While interesting, I thought this book was perhaps trying too hard to tie everything together in a nice sugary bow. Also, trying to cover the globe-spanning history of sugar from 500 BC to the present may be too ambitious a task for a hundred-page book aimed at middle school students. As a result of cramming so much into such a small space, the book becomes more of a loosely connected bag of facts than a single historical narrative. And, despite their hammering the point home in many ways, I remain unconvinced that sugar is the web that ties history together. I know this is a kid's book, but that just seems like a gross oversimplification of history. Still, interesting and a thought-provoking read.

Nov 07, 2012

This was the one book on the YALSA Nonfiction Award list that fell flat for me. The information was interesting enough, and I did learn things. But the tone was inconsistent. I could really tell that it was written by two people. Their voices didn’t always blend well. It often felt a bit like reading a textbook or sitting in a lecture. I felt like I was being taught, not told a story.

Oct 23, 2012

Fascinating! I learned a ton from this very readable book. Scary what people do for money. Perfect resource for a report, but not sure many would pick it up for fun reading.


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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

This ambitious book covers the history of sugar and how it influenced and was influenced by human demographics, slavery, societal organization and revolution.

Oct 23, 2012

The history of sugar growing is steeped in tyranny, colonialism, slavery, and science. This illustrated book is a great resource telling the story of why all those slaves were brought from Africa and India to US, Haiti, and many other places.

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