The Bittersweet Legacy of Sugar

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Carol A. MacLennan. Sovereign Sugar: Industry and Environment in Hawai`i. University of Hawai`i Press, 2014. 392 pages. $39.00 (cloth).

In 1939, Harper & Brothers Publishers released John W. Vandercook’s history of sugar in Hawai`i. King Cane, it was called, and Vandercook was nothing if not enthusiastic in his regard for the benevolence of the planters, the benefits for the workers, and the boon for the territorial economy that the sugar plantations represented.

In Sovereign Sugar, Carol A. MacLennan, an . . .

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