Sugar and Colonialism

Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The story of sugar’s transformation from luxury product to uibiquitous commodity in the modern Western diet offers a rich vantage on transatlantic and world history.  It also prods students and scholars to deeper consideration of the myriad social, cultural, and economic processes within which even the most seemingly banal substances can be enmeshed. Seminar participants will explore these connections and processes, with special attention to the Caribbean, through examination and discussion of a variety of primary sources, from a 1715 defense of sugar consumption to the former slave Olaudah Equiano’s observations of slave societies on sugar producing Caribbean islands.

Seminar led by  Valentina Tikoff, DePaul University

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