Category Archives: Sugar

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!

The Relationship Between Tea and Sugar

Sugar is something we are familiar with and consume daily and tea, although maybe not as popular, is still also a notable drink. However, the importance connection between these two commodities is often overlooked when we come across them today. Our podcast is based off the article Complications of the Commonplace: Tea, Sugar, and Imperialism written by Woodruff D. Smith which discusses the importance and connections between sugar and tea.

Amanda Milanowski, Daniel Bonneville, Jordan Dobbe and Emma Rasmussen

Fall 2015

Cooking with the Historians

Today Travis Olson, Andrew Knapczyk, and Haley Gudmundson will talk to you about how British women normalized sugar by simply making sweet desserts in their kitchens in their cooking show, Cooking with the Historians. Their main arguments are; in the 17th century sugar symbolized wealth, cookbooks were written for women, and women played a major role in colonization. They will use facts from the articles and interviews on the streets to prove these arguments.

Home-grown Slaves (Section 1 & 2)

Janelle Kopa, Keri Lichtfuss, Payton Yahn, and Jasmyn Amos 2015

In our article, Home-Grown Slaves by Sasha Turner, we discover the brutality enslaved women faced while harvesting a commodity that many of us today could never live without: sugar. Our podcast will transform the listener into a time of the past, making them understand what it was actually like to walk a day in the shoes of an enslaved woman. Today, the battle continues, as women still struggle to make gains in equality with males.

Sweet Escape

Sugar for Podcast

Almost every person today uses or consumes sugar in their daily routine, but the question is where did it come from and how did it become such a popular commodity? Unlike most historic events, sugar was more beneficial for women than men. The route of this sweet substance, and it’s connection to women, is explained through out the podcast, “Sweet Escape”, by four women from the fall semester of History 102 in 2015; Emily Wilhelm, Justine Prout, Molly Enders, and Megan Edelman.  Information we required about sugar is from the article “Culinary Spaces, Colonial Spaces: the gendering of sugar in the seventeenth century” written by Kim F. Hall.

Home Grown Slaves

     The slave trade system affected thousands of slaves as they traveled across the Atlantic. The article Home-Grown Slaves Women, Reproduction, and the Abolition of the Slave Trade, Jamaica written by Sasha Turner gives insight particularly to the treatment of women on sugar plantations in Jamaica. In this podcast Homegrown Slaves: How the Slave Owners Revitalized the Slave Population, Joel Hadro, Kori Hillestad, Curry Perkins and Sydney Yarbrough from the 2015 12 Objects Project, will describe a movement in Europe had large effects on women in the slave system involved with sugar plantations in Jamaica.

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.

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.

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.

Sugar, Abolition, and Women

Change is hard, and a sweet substance found in our kitchens proves it. Sugar: once a backbone to the British economy and a backbreaker for slaves that cultivated it. Sugar is now grown minus slaves, but how did that change happen? In this 2014 podcast “Abolition Gone Awry”, Kaleena Sherwood, Karyna Quick, Kailey Linn, and Jill Gordon will look at the effects initial attempts had on the lives of Jamaican slave women.