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Sugar and Civilization: American Empire and the Cultural Politics of Sweetness

April Merleaux


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, peopl ... More

Keywords: race, Spanish American War, sugar, sugar production, candy, sweets, consumer culture, civilization, sugar market

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469622514
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622514.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

April Merleaux, author