Bitter Sweets: Mapping Pineapples, Hospitality, and Slavery

This lesson introduces students to historic primary and secondary source documents and geospatial technology to explore nineteenth-century slavery and trade between the Caribbean and United States. Students trace the journey of a pineapple from Cuba to South Carolina, exposing new ways to think about the geographic, historic, and economic aspects of enslavement and how contemporary symbols have had considerably different meanings in the past.

Julia Dawson, Jerry T. Mitchell
Organization Affiliation
W.A. Perry Middle School, University of South Carolina
Two seventy-minute class periods
Grade Level