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Raising Cane in the 'Glades: The Global Sugar Trade and the Transformation of Florida / Edition 1

Raising Cane in the 'Glades: The Global Sugar Trade and the Transformation of Florida / Edition 1

by Gail M. HollanderGail M. Hollander


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Over the last century, the Everglades underwent a metaphorical and ecological transition from impenetrable swamp to endangered wetland.  At the heart of this transformation lies the Florida sugar industry, which by the 1990s was at the center of the political storm over the multi-billion dollar ecological “restoration” of the Everglades.  Raising Cane in the ’Glades is the first study to situate the environmental transformation of the Everglades within the economic and historical geography of global sugar production and trade.

Using, among other sources, interviews, government and corporate documents, and recently declassified U.S. State Department memoranda, Gail M. Hollander demonstrates that the development of Florida’s sugar region was the outcome of pitched battles reaching the highest political offices in the U.S. and in countries around the world, especially Cuba—which emerges in her narrative as a model, a competitor, and the regional “other” to Florida’s “self.”  Spanning the period from the age of empire to the era of globalization, the book shows how the “sugar question”—a label nineteenth-century economists coined for intense international debates on sugar production and trade—emerges repeatedly in new guises. Hollander uses the sugar question as a thread to stitch together past and present, local and global, in explaining Everglades transformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226349503
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 08/01/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Gail M. Hollander is associate professor of geography in the Department of International Relations at Florida International University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations

1     From Everglades to Sugar Bowl and Back Again
2     The Sugar Question in Frontier Florida
3     Securing Sugar, Draining the 'Glades
4     Wish Fulfillment for Florida Growers: Managed Market, Disciplined Labor, Engineered Landscape
5     The Cold War Heats up the Nation's Sugar Bowl
6     A Restructured Industry
7     Questioning Sugar in the Everglades

Appendix A: Biographical Sketches of Key Figures in the Transformation of the Florida Everglades
Appendix B: Key Legislation, Trade Agreements, and Policies in the Transformation of the Florida Everglades
Appendix C: Chronology of Principle U.S. Government Wartime Sugar Controls, 1939-1947


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