Sunday, April 22, 2012


SUGAR CHANGED the WORLD:
A
STORY OF MAGIC, SPICE, SLAVERY, FREEDOM, AND SCIENCE
BY MARC ARONSON & MARINA BUDHAS

I USED TO USE SUGAR ALOT!! WHETHER IT WAS IN THE MORNING OR EVENING IT DIDN'T MATTER. I LIKE SUGAR. I DIDN'T NECESSARILY HAVE TO HAVE IT IN THE RAW BUT AS LONG AS I HAD SUGAR WITHIN MY FOOD, I WAS GOOD! CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES, CAKES, BROWNIES, HECK I WOULD EVEN PILE SUGAR IN MY CEREAL. HOWEVER, AFTER READING THIS STORY BY MARC ARONSON & MARINA BUDHAS(http://marcaronson.com/) I FOUND A NEW PERSPECTIVE OF SUGAR, GOOD & BAD!

THIS BOOK OPENS UP THE DOOR FOR ANY QUESTIONABLE THOUGHT ON HOW SUGAR WAS USED THROUGH THE 1600S TO THE 1800S! http://www.tuberose.com/Sugar.html

A bag of sugar is definitley something you wouldn't expect to have so many associations. Inspired by their family background, Aronson and Budhas have found a legacy of historical information all related to SUGAR! As a reader, you are taken on an electricfying rollar coaster that sends your HEART beating faster and FASTER for more KNOWLEDGE! The sugar product has been in effect for centuries and have traveled the many miles of India, Europe (www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/Trade.html) and AFRICA! Europe had a huge request for SUGAR and therefore, someone had to help supply their request. Unfortunately, the Atlantic slavetrade caused several Africans their life. ALL in the PURSUIT to make money. SUGAR PLANTATIONS especially in the CARIBBEAN(http://caribbean-guide.info/past.and.present/history/sugar.slavery/) mostly occupied by AFRICAN AMERICANS.

If given the opportunity, to teach this novel in high school, I would definitely jump on board! I feel the content is relevant to world history and therefore can be infused within any literature course. Some of the context seemed a bit advance and therefore I recommend 11th and 12th grade. Only because of the language and the geography. http://geography.about.com/

2 comments:

Sarah Rau said...

Wow, I am very surprised there is so much history involved with sugar! Much like your first paragraph, I am similar and unfortunately love sugar. I'm intrigued there are so many educational aspects to learning about sugar's history and I'd be interested in hearing about them!

Shachon said...

I am grateful for the abundance of information that is open to us. But, there are days that I just want to eat sugar, drink out of a plastic bottle, buy coffee, or eat non-organic veggies without thinking about how I am contributing to the exploitation of a people group or the Earth. But like a good global citizen, I will always take these things into consideratin.