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  • Children's literature scholar examines how 'production stories' minimized slave labor

    Headshot of Elizabeth Hoiem

    Children’s stories in the 19th century that taught how commodities such as sugar were made often left out the human element of production, including slave labor. Information sciences professor Elizabeth Hoiem analyzed such production stories and created a digital resource to help teachers and librarians evaluate the literature.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s notes: To contact Elizabeth Hoiem, email

    The paper “The progress of sugar: Consumption as complicity in children’s books about slavery and manufacturing, 1790–2015” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1007/s10583-020-09411-y