Sugar in the Blood

A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire
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Product Number: Z100099842
Released: Jul 20, 2015
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ISBN: #9781452692661
Narrator/s: Lisa Renee Pitts
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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In the late 1630s, lured by the promise of the New World, Andrea Stuart's earliest known maternal ancestor, George Ashby, set sail from England to settle in Barbados. He fell into the life of a sugar plantation owner by mere chance, but by the time he harvested his first crop, a revolution was fully under way: the farming of sugar cane, and the swiftly increasing demands for sugar worldwide, would not only lift George Ashby from abject poverty and shape the lives of his descendants, but it would also bind together ambitious white entrepreneurs and enslaved black workers in a strangling embrace. Stuart uses her own family story-from the seventeenth century to the present-as the pivot for this epic tale of migration, settlement, survival, slavery, and the making of the Americas. As it grew, the sugar trade enriched Europe as never before, financing the Industrial Revolution and fuelling the Enlightenment. It also became the basis of many economies in South America, played an important part in the evolution of the United States as a world power, and transformed the Caribbean into an archipelago of riches. But this sweet and hugely profitable trade-"white gold," as it was known-had profoundly less palatable consequences in its precipitation of the enslavement of Africans to work the fields on the islands and, ultimately, throughout the American continents. Interspersing the tectonic shifts of colonial history with her family's experience, Stuart explores the interconnected themes of settlement, sugar, and slavery with extraordinary subtlety and sensitivity. In examining how these forces shaped her own family-its genealogy, intimate relationships, circumstances of birth, varying hues of skin-she illuminates how her family, among millions of others like it, in turn transformed the society in which they lived and how that interchange continues to this day. Shifting between personal and global history, Stuart gives us a deepened understanding of the connections between continents, between black and white, between men and women, between the free and the enslaved. It is a story brought to life with riveting and unparalleled immediacy, a story of fundamental importance to the making of our world.

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Author(s): Andrea Stuart
Original Publish Date: Mar 25, 2013

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Product Number:Z100099842

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Author(s): Andrea Stuart
Narrator(s): Lisa Renee Pitts
Product Number DD8523
Released: Mar 25, 2013
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Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452612669
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Author(s): Andrea Stuart
Product Number EB00173196
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307961150

Professional reviews

"The author's ancestors came to the New World in the 1630s. In this book she uses historical research and a talented sensibility to create a stirring account of how Caribbean sugar molded a continent and impacted the world. Through her story, we learn that a confluence of valuable natural resources, the practice of slavery, and unbridled economic competition set a course for development and exploitation that still resonates today. Narrator Lisa Renee Pitts's high, breathy voice with a hint of the South projects an authentic personality. She does, however, sound as if she is forcing her voice to be more emotional and insistent than it needs to be. Stuart's writing is effective enough to stand on its own, and Pitts's efforts lessen its impact. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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