Sugar: A Bittersweet History
Penguin Canada, 2008 - 453 páginas
Sugar: A Bittersweet History offers a perceptive and provocative investigation of a commodity that most of us savour every day yet know little about. Impressively researched and commandingly written, this thoroughly engaging book follows the history of sugar to the present day. It is a revealing look at how sugar changed the nature of meals, fuelled the Industrial Revolution, generated a brutal new form of slavery, and jumpstarted the fast-food revolution.
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In many places, missionaries intervened and advised workers against signing the
proffered contracts, and black preachers organized labor strikes. Planters
retaliated fiercely. They served eviction notices and ruthlessly executed them.
Even child labor, for instance, is rampant in much of the sugar world, though
legally prohibited. Adolescent (and some younger) Haitians continue to work in
Dominican cane fields, some alongside their fathers. Child labor is widespread in
India: historical references to sugarcane, 12; irrigation, 380; processing
techniques, 15; source of indentured labor, 314, 315-18, 324; sugar industry, 377
-78, 380 Indian Relief Act, 327 Indian Sugar Committee, 378 Industrial
Revolution, 61-70 ...
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A fantastic history of sugar slavery western colonialism. Leer comentario completo
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Was disappointed in this, although it did have its moments. Parts were undigested, and it lacked a real overview and global perspective somehow. That being said, i devoured the detail on the West Indian lobby and British sugar traders. Leer comentario completo
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