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Cash Crops: Contested Histories

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The list author says: "'Ill fares the land, to hast'ning ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, & men decay: Princes & lords may flourish, or may fade; A breath can make them, as a breath has made; But a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroyed, can never be supplied.'
---Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village

"Cash crops are essential to modern life, but their history involves epic struggles over land, labor, production, marketing, transport and consumption. These books and films give a good introduction to the many vital issues linked by agricultural production for the market. Their stories may make you angry or sad, but you might feel hungry or thirsty too."
Sugar Cane Alley
Sugar Cane Alley
"Sugar"
A Time for Tea: Women, Labor, and Post/Colonial Politics on an Indian Plantation (a John Hope Franklin Center Book)
A Time for Tea: Women, Labor, and Post/Colonial Politics on an Indian Plantation (a John Hope Franklin Center Book)
"Tea"
Maize and Grace: Africa's Encounter with a New World Crop, 1500-2000
Maize and Grace: Africa's Encounter with a New World Crop, 1500-2000
"Maize"
Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas
Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas
"Rice"
All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw
All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw
"Cotton"
American Slavery, American Freedom
American Slavery, American Freedom
"Tobacco"
Chocolate: History, Culture, and Heritage
Chocolate: History, Culture, and Heritage
"Cocoa"
Cannabis: A History
Cannabis: A History
"Marijuana"
Indentured Labor in the Age of Imperialism, 1834-1922 (Studies in Comparative World History)
Indentured Labor in the Age of Imperialism, 1834-1922 (Studies in Comparative World History)
"Everything"
The Eyes of Another Race: Roger Casement's Congo Report and 1903 Diary
The Eyes of Another Race: Roger Casement's Congo Report and 1903 Diary
"Rubber"
Agricultural Innovation in the Early Islamic World: The Diffusion of Crops and Farming Techniques, 700-1100 (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization)
Agricultural Innovation in the Early Islamic World: The Diffusion of Crops and Farming Techniques, 700-1100 (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization)
"18 Different Crops"
Agricultural Involution: The Processes of Ecological Change in Indonesia
Agricultural Involution: The Processes of Ecological Change in Indonesia
"Many Different Crops"
Kola is God's Gift: Agricultural Production, Export Initiatives and the Kola Industry in Asante and the Gold Coast, c. 1820-1950 (Western African Studies)
Kola is God's Gift: Agricultural Production, Export Initiatives and the Kola Industry in Asante and the Gold Coast, c. 1820-1950 (Western African Studies)
"Kola"
From Slaves to Squatters: Plantation Labor & Agriculture in Zanzibar & Coastal Kenya, 1890-1925 (Social History of Africa)
From Slaves to Squatters: Plantation Labor & Agriculture in Zanzibar & Coastal Kenya, 1890-1925 (Social History of Africa)
"Cloves"
Worker in the Cane: A Puerto Rican Life History
Worker in the Cane: A Puerto Rican Life History
"Sugar"
Consuming Habits: Drugs in History and Anthropology
Consuming Habits: Drugs in History and Anthropology
"Drugs"
Migrants, Credit And Climate: The Gambian Groundnut Trade, 1834-1934 (African Social Studies Series)
Migrants, Credit And Climate: The Gambian Groundnut Trade, 1834-1934 (African Social Studies Series)
"Peanuts"
Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company (Penguin Classics)
Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company (Penguin Classics)
"Coffee"
Citrus: A History
Citrus: A History
"Citrus Fruits"
Shady Practices: Agroforestry and Gender Politics in The Gambia (California Studies in Critical Human Geography)
Shady Practices: Agroforestry and Gender Politics in The Gambia (California Studies in Critical Human Geography)
"Vegetables"
Tea: Addiction, Exploitation, and Empire
Tea: Addiction, Exploitation, and Empire
"Tea"
The Opium War Through Chinese Eyes
The Opium War Through Chinese Eyes
"Opium"
The History and Social Influence of the Potato (Cambridge Paperback Library)
The History and Social Influence of the Potato (Cambridge Paperback Library)
"Potatoes"
Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance
Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance
"Rice, Rubber"
Wine and the Vine: An Historical Geography of Viticulture and the Wine Trade
Wine and the Vine: An Historical Geography of Viticulture and the Wine Trade
"Grapes/Wine"
Palm Oil and Protest: An Economic History of the Ngwa Region, South-Eastern Nigeria, 1800-1980 (African Studies)
Palm Oil and Protest: An Economic History of the Ngwa Region, South-Eastern Nigeria, 1800-1980 (African Studies)
"Palm Oil, Cassava"
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
"Peaches"
Chinese Silk: A Cultural History
Chinese Silk: A Cultural History
"Mulberry/Silk"
Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West
Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West
"Wheat, Maize, Timber"
Women and Labour in Late Colonial India: The Bengal Jute Industry (Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society)
Women and Labour in Late Colonial India: The Bengal Jute Industry (Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society)
"Jute"
Leaf Of Allah: Khat & Agricultural Transformation In Harerge Ethiopia 1875-1991(Eastern African Studies)
Leaf Of Allah: Khat & Agricultural Transformation In Harerge Ethiopia 1875-1991(Eastern African Studies)
"Qat (Khat)"
The Deepest Wounds: A Labor and Environmental History of Sugar in Northeast Brazil
The Deepest Wounds: A Labor and Environmental History of Sugar in Northeast Brazil
"Sugar"
A Brief History of Cocaine, Second Edition
A Brief History of Cocaine, Second Edition
"Coca/Cocaine"
Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie (Perennial Classics)
Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie (Perennial Classics)
"Wheat"
The White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas Cotton Culture (American Crossroads)
The White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas Cotton Culture (American Crossroads)
"Cotton"
Coffee, Society, and Power in Latin America (Johns Hopkins Studies in Atlantic History and Culture)
Coffee, Society, and Power in Latin America (Johns Hopkins Studies in Atlantic History and Culture)
"Coffee"
Moroccan Mirages: Agrarian Dreams and Deceptions, 1912-86 (Society & Culture in the Modern Middle East)
Moroccan Mirages: Agrarian Dreams and Deceptions, 1912-86 (Society & Culture in the Modern Middle East)
"Wheat, Citrus"
Red Rubber, Bleeding Trees: Violence, Slavery, and Empire in Northwest Amazonia, 1850-1933
Red Rubber, Bleeding Trees: Violence, Slavery, and Empire in Northwest Amazonia, 1850-1933
"Rubber"
Nathaniel's Nutmeg: Or the True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History
Nathaniel's Nutmeg: Or the True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History
"Nutmeg"
The Rise and Fall of the Plantation Complex: Essays in Atlantic History (Studies in Comparative World History)
The Rise and Fall of the Plantation Complex: Essays in Atlantic History (Studies in Comparative World History)
"(Almost) Everything"