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Sugar in the Blood: A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire Hardcover – Deckle Edge, January 22, 2013
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Of all the things about this well-written and researched book, the meaning of this quote is what has stuck with me the most. The author does an incredible job of explaining what life must have been like (horrors unimagineable- but horrifying because in fact they did spring from the minds of actual human beings!) as a slave in the Caribbean sugar industry. But just as importantly, she shows how absolute absolute power corrupts. I was reminded throughout the book that these were human beings- both the victims of suffering and their all-powerful torturers (occasionally even, as the author notes, amongst the slaves themselves- completely constricted as they were under an oppressive regime). How easy is it to slip into such inhumane habits? Are we all potentially capable of such things?
I had a lot more I was going to write in this review about how this book opened my eyes once again to the blight on history that was slavery, but my words don't seem adequate. The author's unflinching look at slavery is a must read for anyone trying to understand. To me, this book seemed to being giving voice to the many thousands of voiceless people who've now passed into oblivion. To say- they lived, they suffered, they deserved justice, they mattered.
happenings, the author should have quoted directly from one of her many first-person sources, or left her speculation out.
Great book, thanks so much. I may suggest this for our bookclub...
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Andrea Stuart combines admirable genealogical research and an accomplished history of slavery in the western hemisphere. Read morePublished 8 days ago by queensdaughter
Sugar in the Blood tells the story of the transatlantic slave trade through one family. Bajan author Andrea Stewart, traced her lineage back to a British man that came to Barbados... Read morePublished 24 days ago by MsJheri
A well done story of a Barbadian family history - - well written and informative.Published 1 month ago by Robert J. Bynoe
An important read about the horrors of the African slave trade and its role in the exploitation and promulgation of slavery and sugarcane, as told through the lives of a family... Read morePublished 1 month ago by deborah
Another book that should be included in public school curriculum around the world, to introduce and expose the injustices that have been and in some places is still being... Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Harding
Excellent read! This book succinctly describes how elaborately humans can rewrite laws of morality for the sake of greed, reshaping and poisoning the mindset of mankind for... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Josh
Very Glad I read this book. What a disgrace this country & the others did to people in slavery.
sometimes I think SLAVERY was worse than the Holocaust. Read more
Sugar is in the title of this well-written history and with good reason. It not only fueled the growth of slavery in the Carribean, but it also bestowed great wealth on the select... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ollie Acheson