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

434472Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science
Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
2010 by Clarion Books
ISBN – 9780618574926)
Genre – Nonfiction
Age – Middle School
4 Stars

Sugar has evolved over time from a substance that was hard and costly to obtain to a substance that is massively over consumed in our daily lives. This is the story of how that changed and how sugar dictated the slave trade, and many revolutions. Sugar has caused many a bloody battle, and countless lives were lost because of it. This book was very informative about many aspects of American, European, and African histories. it takes the evolution of an industry in a fairly straightforward timeline that allows the readers to travel through history. Not only does the sugar trade change tremendously, but so do the social, economical, and political views of different cultures around the world. It’s amazing to me how much cause and effect comes into play when we talk about royalty wanting to sweeten their tea! Drawings and photographs are sprinkled throughout the story, adding another dimension to the tale. The history of the sugar trade across the world is not only exciting, but heartbreaking, complicated, and at times completely unbelievable. Well done


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