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How Did Sugar Feed Slavery?

In this inquiry, middle-school students explore the economic and human consequences of European sugar consumption during the era of the transatlantic slave trade.
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Inquiry Design Model: How Did Sugar Feed Slavery? (PDF)

Working with sources that illustrate the methods of production and the treatment of enslaved workers on sugar plantations, students examine how systems of enslavement are sustained and supported by the market for the goods they produce. Students are encouraged to take informed action as they track the ways this support for unjust labor practices continues into the present day.

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