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When this award-winning husband-and-wife team discovered that they each and every had sugar in their family historical past, they were inspired to trace the globe-spanning story of the sweet substance and to seek out the voices of individuals 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 induced the loss of many 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 more than 80 archival illustrations, here is the story of how 1 merchandise permits us to see the grand currents of planet background in new approaches. Time line, supply notes, bibliography, index.
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