New Book: “Sugar, Slavery, Christianity and the Making of Race”


Caribbean Studies Press recently announced a new book by Dr. Mark Edelman Boren, Sugar, Slavery, Christianity and the Making of Race (2013).

Description: Sugar, Slavery, Christianity and the Making of Race chronicles how the unprecedented demand for sugar radically transformed Western civilization at every level of society. The book details how technologies of human control developed in the African slave trade combined with missionary Christian theology to lay the foundations for the language, literature and cultural dictates of race we know today. Very readable and original in its conceptual and interdisciplinary scope, this book is an ideal introduction to the complex intertwining of economics, society, culture and religion embodied in the Caribbean sugar and slave industries.

Elizabeth Kraft (University of Georgia, Athens) writes: “This compelling (indeed, page-turning) study convincingly argues that the technologies, practices and ideologies developed for…the slave trade of the 17th and 18th centuries continue to define American and European culture today….This book critiques the pervasive and insidious effects of slavery, particularly the technologies that sprang up to ensure efficiency, compliance and productivity. The sugar plantation provided a testing ground for labor practices which would drive the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century and continue to be used today….Boren’s range of reference is sweeping, his prose crisp and energetic, his tone frank as well as compassionate, his choice of illustrations-both pictorial and descriptive-pertinent and powerful.”

Mark Edelman Boren is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. His scholarship includes a comprehensive history of student uprisings, Student Resistance: A History of the Unruly Student (2001). An award-winning teacher, he has also written on Harriet Jacobs, Mary Shelley, Herman Melville, Henry James and William Faulkner.

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