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Sa-weeeet. [Nov. 17th, 2005|12:06 pm]
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The first food boycott in history was organized by abolitionists against sugar because its harvesting was done by slaves. By forging sugar or by purchasing sugar from the East Indies (which did not use slaves), the Anti-Saccharite Society claimed that eight families that each typically used five pounds of sugar a week would over the course of twenty years, prevent the slavery or murder of one hundred people. One supporter of the boycott was Mrs. B. Henderson, a businesswoman in London who sold sugar basins wiht cold letters that proclaimed “East India sugar not made by slaves.”

[User Picture]From: afropunk629
2005-11-17 04:24 pm (UTC)
The first ever boycott of anything was made in Ireland, by a group of peasants against the local officer, Captain James Boycott, which is where the name comes from. He was an Irishman working for the British, I believe, but the peasants rebelled against him by simply refusing to pay their taxes to him in a perfectly non-violent way. Or something like that.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-11-17 05:16 pm (UTC)
That's really awesome! Thanks for the info, I wasn't familiar at all with that.
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