Hilary's Reviews > Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science

Sugar Changed the World by Marc Aronson
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Mar 28, 11

bookshelves: grades-5-6, grades-7-8, non-fiction
Read in March, 2011

Husband and wife team examine sugar and the impact it had on the slave trade to the Caribbean and the impact it had on other regions in the world after they both realize that their families have a background in sugar production.
An interesting read, although more about slavery than on the title product. Although the book focuses mostly on slavery, other impacts that sugar had on the world are examined - how sugar was used during the Industrial Revolution, for example, to give factory workers a much needed boost of energy. A multitude of black and white illustration break up the text nicely, and a ten page spread in the middle of the book does an excellent job of showing the work involved to process sugar both historically and currently. The authors make parallels between the demand for inexpensive sugar yesterday to the demand for inexpensive material goods today and the tactics that were/are used to get it which could be used to start discussion. As the authors state in their end note, discussion is precisely the point of this book. A nice time line as well as notes and sources round out the text nicely.
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