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Fall 2017-2018
AMS 353 / HIS 445 / LAS 359 (HA)   na, npdf

Sugar: A Commodity History of the United States

Bernadette J. Perez

Moving from the colonial era to the present, and from the Caribbean to the Midwest and the Pacific, we will place sugar in the history of European colonialism, trans-Atlantic slavery, capitalism, American Empire, and global immigration restrictions. During this period, the United States built a sugar empire that relied upon differentially racialized laborers, who worked under a variety of coercive labor systems. We will explore how the production and consumption of sugar connected diverse people and places in unequal ways, focusing on themes such as labor, migration, race, gender, citizenship, identity, power, resistance, and the land.

Sample reading list:
Sidney Mintz, Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History
Moon-Ho Jung, Coolies and Cane
April Merleaux, Sugar and Civilization
Gail Hollander, Raising Cane in the 'Glades
Noenoe Silva, Aloha Betrayed
Cindy Hahamovitch, No Man's Land

Reading/Writing assignments:
Expected pages of reading/week: 250 pp; Class participation; 2 short critical response papers; Primary source analysis; Annotated bibliography; Final paper (12-15 pp.)

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Course will be taught by Bernadette Perez of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22221 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:12 Limit:15