Author Archives: Ariel Beaujot

The “Sweet” History of Sugar

Evan Toerpe, Braden Shibley, and Alex Hawley bring you the “sweet” history of sugar in this thrilling podcast.  This podcast explores how the gendering of sugar in the 17th century sparked huge societal changes and resulted in massive colonial trade expansion across the globe.  The podcast will also explore how cookbooks written during the time period held a substantial role in establishing concrete roles for women in the household and helped people accept and absorb foreign commodities such as sugar into their daily lives.  We hope you will enjoy!

Jamaican Slave Relations Regarding The Commodity of Sugar

John Youngquist, Joe Heiner, Keegan Kayala, Xilin Zhang

This podcast is based off the article titled Home Grown Slaves by Sasha Turner. The podcast is in the form of a skit where two sugar plantation owners have met up to discuss the current economic stance of Jamaica. During this time the Jamaican economy was on a decline because of the lack of slaves after the ending of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. While discussing what should be done to help their plantations a slave is called into the conversation to give insight into what work is like as a pregnant sugar slave.

The Effect the Dutch Smugglers had on the Boston Tea Party

Ethan Effinger-Spring 2015

Collin Spring 2015

Maddie de Boer-Spring 2015

The Effect the Dutch Smugglers had on the Boston Tea Party

The article that we did this project on was entitled “Did Dutch Smugglers Provoke the Boston Tea Party” and it was written by Benjamin Carp. Our question that our podcast is based off of is “What relation do the Dutch have towards American freedom?” The Dutch acted as the catalyst in America’s rebellion from British rule because they corrupted the trade system that British had imposed on the colonies. They did this through providing cheaper means of obtaining their tea and other goods that the British had put such an extreme tax on. Tea is a major commodity even today because it is consumed by millions of people every day and it sparked the fire that brought us our freedom today.

Tea and Sugar

Have you ever wondered how tea has become such a popular drink all over the world? In this podcast we examine the history of this aromatic beverage and the reasons it has become widely used. Also we promote the health benefits tea generates. We interviewed fellow students at UW La Crosse to get there take on this matter. So sit down, grab a cup of warm tea and enjoy. Spring 2015 UWL students: Spencer Stueve, Jimmy Penzel, Austin Schulz, and Austin Fjoser.

The Coffee House and its Societal Contributions

Our Podcast based on the Article by Peter Albrecht titled, Coffee-Drinking as a Symbol of Social Change in Continental Europe in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, dives into the relationship of coffee back then compared to today’s society, specifically in relation to men, women, and the poor. During this podcast, Ryan Dombrowski, Taylor Rickard, and Cooper Prindl explore ideas from a few primary sources that show different scenarios in which coffee made an impact in history.

How the British culture began to love and hate sugar?

When drinking your soda, do you ever associate the sugary sweetness to the location it was produced? or the person that produced it? Many people don’t make that connection they only focus on the consumption. In this podcast “How did the English culture began to love and hate sugar?” we will discuss how sugar produced by slaves in the colonial island of Barbados, and how women of the 1600’s took a stand to help abolish slavery.

Sipping on History

This is a podcast brought to you by Kristine Clark, Heidi Wirt, Molly Matthiesen and Lizzie Hubing from Dr.Beaujot’s Spring 2015 history class. In this podcast, Sipping on History, we will be discussing how coffee, a drink that today fuels the caffeine addictions of many, is truly a revolutionary drink in the world of politics, religion and even early medicine. Through our conducted interviews of local coffee lovers and guests who were featured in Aytoun Ellis’ “The Penny University: A History of Coffeehouses”, it will become evident that this beloved staple has deep rooted historical significance.

Child Welfare and Industry

During the industrial revolution technological advances greatly increased employment of all ages. Clark Nardinelli, author of Child Labor and the Factory Acts, challenges the idea that oppressing child labor was halted by the Factory Acts of the mid 1800s, and states that it was actually the increase in technology and household income that ended child labor.  This podcast contrasts the common view with Nardinellli’s view and applies it to over-all child welfare.

Tea Trust and Tyranny

In this podcast we will explore the anxiety of tea throughout the course of history during mid-Victorian England. We will examine the true reasons behind the prejudices against Chinese tea and their culture. We also will talk about how the new advances in the field of chemistry saved many lives, from the toxic tea that the citizens were being sold.

Who’s your Sugar Mama

Why are women in our society often addressed as “sweetie”? Brace yourself because the answer to this question dates way back when, according to the book “The gendering of sugar in the seventeenth century” written by Kim F. Hall, aristocratic women started to incorporate desserts into the British diet. Four students from UW-La Crosse (Giulia Buffa, Victoria Coleman, Carly Juzwik and Logan Majerus) will guide you through the journey of women’s empowerment.