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Author Merleaux, April, author.

Title Sugar and civilization : American empire and the cultural politics of sweetness / April Merleaux.

Published Chapel Hill [North Carolina] : The University of North Carolina Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xv, 302 pages)
Series Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Cover -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- A Note on Terminology -- Introduction -- 1. Sugar's Civilizing Mission: Immigration, Race, and the Politics of Empire, 1898-1913 -- 2. Spectacles of Sweetness: Race, Civics, and the Material Culture of Eating Sugar after the Turn of the Century -- 3. This Peculiarly Indispensable Commodity: Commodity Integration and Exception during World War I -- 4. Commodity Cultures and Cross-Border Desires: Piloncillo between Mexico and the United States in the 1910s through the 1930s -- 5. From Cane to Candy: The Racial Geography of New Mass Markets for Candy in the 1920s -- 6. Sweet Innocence: Child Labor, Immigration Restriction, and Sugar Tariffs in the 1920s -- 7. Drowned in Sweetness: Integration and Exception in the New Deal Sugar Programs -- 8. New Deal, New Empire: Neocolonial Divisions of Labor, Sugar Consumers, and the Limits of Reform -- Epilogue: Imperial Consumers at War -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W.
Summary In the weeks and months after the end of the Spanish American War, Americans celebrated their nation's triumph by eating sugar. Each of the nation's new imperial possessions, from Puerto Rico to the Philippines, had the potential for vastly expanding sugar production. As victory parties and commemorations prominently featured candy and other sweets, Americans saw sugar as the reward for their global ambitions. This book demonstrates that trade policies and consumer cultures are as crucial to understanding U.S. empire as military or diplomatic interventions. As America's sweet tooth grew, people debated tariffs, immigration, and empire, all of which hastened the nation's rise as an international power.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Sugar trade -- Political aspects -- United States -- History.
Sugar -- United States -- History.
United States -- Foreign economic relations.
United States -- Foreign relations.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781469622538 (electronic bk.)
146962253X (electronic bk.)
9781469622521 (electronic bk.)
1469622521 (electronic bk.)