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Battles over Sugarcane in Twentieth-Century Brazil

November 30, 3:00 pm 

International Center, room 201


Dr. Gillian McGillivray 

Associate Professor, 

Department of History, 

Glendon College, York University


Battles over Sugarcane in Twentieth-Century Brazil (PDF).


cane-2665662_1920.jpgUsing images and reports from US and Brazilian archival sources, this presentation discusses sugar's changing role in Brazil and factory owners' stubborn reluctance to allow the state to map out and divide the production and profits derived from sugarcane. It also samples from the private letters between Vargas's policymakers that demonstrate how the battles between cane farmers and sugar mill owners distracted the state from the much larger group of industrial and rural workers who grew and made sugar from cane.