Sugar Changed the World by Marc Aronson
A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science

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When this award-winning husband-and-wife team discovered that they each had sugar in their family history, they were inspired to trace the globe-spanning story of the sweet substance and to seek out the voices of those who led bitter sugar lives. The trail ran like a bright band from religious ceremonies in India to Europe’s Middle Ages, then on to Columbus, who brought the first cane cuttings to the Americas. Sugar was the substance that drove the bloody slave trade and caused the loss of countless lives but it also planted the seeds of revolution that led to freedom in the American colonies, Haiti, and France. With songs, oral histories, maps, and over 80 archival illustrations, here is the story of how one product allows us to see the grand currents of world history in new ways. Time line, source notes, bibliography, index.

 

About Marc Aronson

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Marc Aronson has won many awards and prizes for his books, including the first Sibert Award and the Boston Globe?Horn Book Award for Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for Eldorado. Marina Budhos is an assistant professor of English at William Paterson University. She is the author of Ask Me No Questions, winner of the inaugural James Cook Teen Book Award. She and her husband live with their two sons in Maplewood, New Jersey.
 
Published November 15, 2010 by Clarion Books. 176 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Children's Books, Cooking, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction

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From 1600 to the 1800s, sugar drove the economies of Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa and did more “to reshape the world than any ruler, empire, or war had ever done.” Millions of people were taken from Africa and enslaved to work the sugar plantations throughout the Caribbean, worked to dea...

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From 1600 to the 1800s, sugar drove the economies of Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa and did more "to reshape the world than any ruler, empire, or war had ever done."

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When husband-and-wife team Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos realized that both their family histories involved the sugar industry, they took it as a challenge.

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The Washington Post

Circling the globe and spanning millennia, this eye-opening book is the first collaboration between Marc Aronson, a top historian for young readers, and his wife, Marina Budhos, a novelist with roots in sugar (her father's family left India for work on a sugar plantation in the Caribbean).

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Chicago Tribune

For a family or classroom wanting to talk about the human consequences of how food comes to our tables, Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos have prepared a bountiful feast, the broad scope of which is captured in their subtitle: "A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science."

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