Segregation and Sugar: The Politics of Trade in the Cold War Caribbean

Zwiers, M., 24-May-2018.

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The sugar trade was an important tool in segregationist attempts to keep traditional power structures intact. My paper examines how planter-politicians from the Deep U.S. South supported anticommunist regimes in the Caribbean and Latin America during the 1950s and 1960s. These defenders of Jim Crow were sometimes involved in agriculture themselves. In Congress, they worked together to make sure sugar quotas allocated to Trujillo’s Dominican Republic would not be cut back. I want to address how Deep South segregationists used trade agreements with Caribbean countries to solidify segregation, anticommunism, and the dominance of big (agri)business, not just in their own states, but throughout the Western hemisphere.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 24-May-2018
EventAgricultural History Society: Tropicana, Commodities Across Borders - Agricultural History Society, St. Petersburg, United States
Duration: 24-May-201826-May-2018


ConferenceAgricultural History Society
CountryUnited States
CitySt. Petersburg
Internet address


Agricultural History Society: Tropicana, Commodities Across Borders


St. Petersburg, United States

Event: Conference

ID: 53562238