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Sugar in the Blood
A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire


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Sugar in the Blood
A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire

by Andrea Stuart (Author)



ISBN: 9781846270727


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Sugar in the Blood: A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire by Andrea Stuart (Paperback) (ISBN: 9781846270727)

An epic and intimate story of the crop that created nations, enriched empires, enslaved peoples - and determined the destiny of one family over four centuries

In the late 1630s, Andrea Stuart's earliest known maternal ancestor set sail from England, lured by the promise of the New World, to settle in Barbados where he fell by chance into the lucrative life of a sugar plantation owner. With George Ashby's first crop, the cane revolution was underway and would go on to transform the Caribbean into an archipelago of riches, establishing a thriving worldwide industry that bound together ambitious white entrepreneurs and enslaved black workers. As it grew, this sweet colonial trade fuelled the Enlightenment and financed the Industrial Revolution, but it also had more direct, less palatable consequences for the individuals caught up in it, consequences that still haunt the author's past. In this unique personal history, Andrea Stuart follows the thread of her own family's involvement with sugar through successive generations, telling a story of insatiable greed and forbidden love, of abuse and liberation.


ISBN 1846270723
ISBN13 9781846270727
Publisher Portobello Books Ltd
Format Paperback
Publication date 06/06/2013
Pages 448
Weight (grammes) 651.00
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 198
Width (mm) 129