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Raising Cane in the 'GladesThe Global Sugar Trade and the Transformation of Florida$
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Gail M. Hollander

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226349503

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226349480.001.0001

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Securing Sugar, Draining the 'Glades

Securing Sugar, Draining the 'Glades

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(p.62) Chapter Three Securing Sugar, Draining the 'Glades
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Raising Cane in the 'Glades
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226349480.003.0003

This chapter explains an apparent economic contradiction: the transformation of the Everglades into an agro-industrial complex for sugarcane at great ecological and monetary cost during a period of oversupply depressed prices in the global sugar market. It begins by discussing the impact of World War I on U.S. sugar politics. The prospect of sugar shortages and the need to share the Cuban crop with allies provided Florida boosters with a powerful discourse in their struggle to construct a Florida sugar bowl; politically and economically interested parties developed a nationalistic and moral-geographic discourse concerning the transformation of the Everglades for sugar production. In the postwar period, under markedly different political-economic conditions for the global sugar market, protectionist policies sparked development, bringing long-promoted ideas about Florida's agro-industrial potential to fruition. The chapter demonstrates how, once established, the “Nation's Sugar Bowl” in Florida became a locus of power in the political struggles over domestic and international sugar policy.

Keywords:   Everglades, agro-industrial complex, sugarcane, sugar production, sugar politics, sugar supply, protectionism, Florida, sugar policy

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