Reads: Sugar in the Blood

Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire
by Andrea Stuart

We talk a lot about race in America and it is very easy to forget the entire picture of slavery in the New World. Andrea Stuart’s writing helps to put it in perspective. The descendant of a European immigrant to Barbados in the 17th century, Stuart explores her family’s past. I picked up this book expecting strictly family lore and stories, and instead found that Stuart deftly explores an incredible amount concerning the history of slavery in the Americas, its impact, and the consequences. I was floored by her ability to weave in the facts that she could find about her family with the historical facts she so obviously painstakingly researched. I loved this book from beginning to end, and was grateful for everything I learned from it.

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