Category Archives: Sugar

Sugar, Women and Punishment

When asked “what comes to mind when you hear the word sugar?” the general response was sweets.  Many people do not associate sugar with slavery as well as women’s reproductive roles in the process. The general idea is that sugar is produced in sugar refineries, and while that is true for today, back in the late 18th century, sugar was cultivated by women slaves who were harshly exploited. In this podcast, “Sugar, Women, and Punishment”, UWL students: Catherine Janquart, Samantha Ziemke, Cameron Scheuren, Lauren Dobron, and Alyssa Aschenbrener, will inform you about Jamaican sugar plantations goals to maximize their sugar production, and what it led to.

Sugar Rush

Today, people do not realize that sugar has had such an impact on the household than just baked goods. In “Culinary Spaces, Colonial Spaces: The Gendering of Sugar in the Seventeenth Century” by Kim E. Hall shows how it also shaped how women expressed themselves and gave them a chance to have more power within the household. This podcast, “Sugar Rush” by Adam Pichetee, Raekwon Tillman, Justine Capetillo, Haylee Laufenberg, and Keaton Misch-Mattison, demonstrates how sugar is actually more than just the sweetener we use today.

Sugar and Women in the 17th Century

Nicole Lang, Chloe Starz, Adam Pagenkopf, and Grant Laurent have teamed up to create a podcast that showcases the incredible journey sugar has taken from the upper class to the kitchen table. The podcast is based on the article, “Culinary Spaces, Colonial Spaces, and the Gendering of Sugar in the Seventeenth Century” by Kim F. Hall. The ambiance is a local coffee shop and the podcast show cases the influential role women played in bringing sugar to our kitchen tables. The podcast show cases poetry, cookbooks, and historical accounts.

Slave Roles On Sugar Plantations

Sugar has not only become one of the tastiest commodities in our world today, but also one of the most common commodities. In this podcast, you will learn how slave roles changed between 1787-1807 as a result of sugar, and how sugar was used to give Jamaican slaves better living conditions on the plantations. Based off the article Home Grown Slaves by Sasha Turner.

Michael Cooper, Hannah Hill, Morgan Armstrong, Sarah Westman

The Hardships of Reproduction

In today’s world, sugar is a key ingredient in our diets. Whether it is in a drink, our family dinner, or our favorite junk food- you can always find one of the many forms of sugar, but it all originated from the sugar cane plant the slaves had been harvesting for hundreds of years. In this spring 2014 podcast “The Hardships of Reproduction,” three UWL students: Abbey Singleton, Jordyn Mroczenski, and Emily Schmidt will inform you about the hardships that women faced in being a pregnant slave.


Sugar is a sweetener that has been around since the 6th century. Without sugar, other commodities like coffee and tea would not taste as great. Because of sugar, Africans were taken from their homes and moved along the Atlantic Slave Triangle to the Americas to produce sugar as we know it today. We analyzed Home-Grown Slaves: Women, Reproduction, and the Abolition of the Slave Trade, Jamaica 1788-1807 to examine the changes in the enslaved women’s working lives on sugar plantations in Jamaica as the abolition of the slave trade progressed.


Kierra Cowan, Ethan Clark, Michael Gribben


Sugar Podcast

Garrick Morgan, Mitchell Kennedy, Stephanie Fraser, and Jackson Fox present, “How Sugar Weaseled its Way into the English Culture” podcast. Based off Kim F. Hall’s article, “Culinary Spaces and Colonial Spaces: the Gendering of Sugar in the 17th Century”. Women’s role in the introduction of sugar to the English culture is explained. It’s broken down into slavery, social classes, and how it was used in coking. Sugar is now used all around the world.


Sugar Podcast


We read and analyzed the article Home-Grown Slaves: Women, Reproduction, and the Abolition of the Slave Trade, Jamaica 1788-1807 by Sasha Turner in our HIS 102 class during the 2013-2014 school year. This article discusses the abolition of the African Slave Trade in Jamaica during this time as well as how women slaves were treated. Women slaves were used on sugar plantations strictly for reproduction purposes in order to produce more slaves for their slave owners. Sugar is a commodity seen essentially in every household in America, and therefore, it is a commodity of great importance, then and now.


Annie Zavoral, Jake Gundlach, Samantha Loomis, Tony Regalia



Sugar Podcast

It is hard to imagine that sugar meant more to society than just a sweetener in their coffee. In these days, we view sugar as an everyday commodity and overlook the past that it may have had. Sugar used to be a luxury for the aristocrats to display their wealth. Today, we are going to cover the past of sugar and show you where it all began.

Matt Heiden, Mary Gaspers, John Brunner, Mallory Haye.