Chocolate on Trial: Slavery, Politics, and the Ethics of Business / Edition 1 available in Paperback
At the turn of the twentieth century, Cadbury Bros., Ltd., was a successful, Quaker-owned chocolate manufacturer in Birmingham, England, known as much for its model village, modern factory, and well-publicized concern for its employees as for the quality of its chocolates. In 1901, the firm learned that its cocoa beans, purchased from Portuguese plantations on the island of Sao Tome off West Africa, were produced by slave labor. While the company engaged in protracted investigations and fact-finding missions, the British press, fueled by eyewitness accounts of brutal working conditions and images of shackled and bloodied slaves, began to level charges of profiting from human misery.
Chocolate on Trial: Slavery, Politics, and the Ethics of Business recounts the events surrounding the libel trial in which Cadbury Bros. sued the Standard of London over the newspaper's accusation that the firm was hypocritical in its use of slave-grown cocoa. Lowell J. Satre's story probes the issues of globalization, corporate social responsibility, journalistic sensationalism, and devious diplomacy at a time when Western industrialized society was beginning to ask whether some cheap goods might not have too high a cost.
Based on meticulous research and written in clear and elegant prose, Chocolate on Trial is the first book about a landmark trial that laid bare the interplay of politics, labor, and social activism in the wake of imperialism and the globalizing economy.
|Publisher:||Ohio University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Lowell J. Satre is professor of history emeritus at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio. He is author of Thomas Burt, Miners' MP, 1837-1922: The Great Conciliator.
Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations||ix|
|List of Maps||xi|
|1||Henry W. Nevinson and Modern Slavery||1|
|2||The Firm of Cadbury and the World of Slave Labor||13|
|3||Portugal and West Africa||33|
|5||Joseph Burtt's Report||73|
|6||Careful Steps and Concern-or Dragging Feet and Hypocrisy?||100|
|8||Cadbury Bros., Ltd. v. The Standard Newspaper, Ltd.||149|
|10||Humanitarians, the Foreign Office, and Portugal, 1910-1914||183|
|List of Abbreviations||231|