Sugar, Slavery, Christianity and the Making of Race

by Mark E. Boren


Sugar, Slavery, Christianity and the Making of Race chronicles how the unprecedented demand for sugar radically transformed Western civilization at every level of society.

Original in its conceptual and interdisciplinary scope and accessibility, this book is an ideal introduction to the complex intertwining of economics, society, culture and religion embodied in the Caribbean sugar and slave industries.

…this compelling (indeed, page‐turning) study convincingly argues that the technologies, practices and ideologies developed for…the slave trade of the 17th and 18th centuries continue to define American and European culture today….This book critiques the pervasive and insidious effects of slavery, particularly the technologies that sprang up to ensure efficiency, compliance and productivity. The sugar plantation provided a testing ground for labor practices which would drive the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century and which continue to be used today….Boren’s range of reference is sweeping, his prose crisp and energetic, his tone frank as well as compassionate, his choice of illustrations—both pictorial and descriptive—pertinent and powerful. ─Elizabeth Kraft, Professor, Department of English,University of Georgia, Athens.

About the Author:

Mark Edelman Boren is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. His scholarship includes a comprehensive history of student uprisings, Student Resistance: A History of the Unruly Student (2001). An award‐winning teacher, he has also written on Harriet Jacobs, Mary Shelley, Herman Melville, Henry James and William Faulkner.

196 pp., softcover, b & w illustrations, 6 x 9 inches.

Cat. #: CSP0307
ISBN #: 9781626320307 


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