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Author Mathews, Jennifer P., 1969-

Title Chicle : the chewing gum of the Americas, from the ancient Maya to William Wrigley / Jennifer P. Mathews with Gillian P. Schultz

Publ Info Tucson : University of Arizona Press, [2009]
 Bryant Main Stacks  SB291.S3 M38 2009    AVAILABLE
 J&W-Prov. Harborside Culinary  SB291.S3 M38 2009    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  SB291.S3 M38 2009    AVAILABLE
Descript xiii, 142 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [113]-136) and index
Contents The birth of the chewing gum tree -- The botany of the sapodilla tree -- The history of the chewing gum industry in the Americas -- The chicleros
Note Chicle is a history in four acts, all of them focused on the sticky white substance that seeps from the sapodilla tree when its bark is cut. First, Jennifer Mathews recounts the story of chicle and its earliest-known adherents, the Maya and Aztecs. Second, with the assistance of botanist Gillian Schultz, Mathews examines the sapodilla tree itself, an extraordinarily hardy plant that is native only to Mesoamerica and the Caribbean. Third, Mathews presents the fascinating story of the chicle and chewing gum industry over the last hundred plus years, a tale (like so many twentieth-century tales) of greed, growth, and collapse. In closing, Mathews considers the plight of the chicleros, the "extractors" who often work by themselves tapping trees deep in the forests, and how they have emerged as icons of local pop culture -- portrayed as fearless, hard-drinking brawlers, people to be respected as well as feared. --publisher description
LC subject Sapodilla
Chewing gum -- Central America -- History
Chewing gum -- Mexico -- History
Chewing gum -- United States -- History
Chewing gum -- Social aspects -- America -- History
Chewing gum industry -- America -- History
Chicle -- Industrial applications -- History
Add Author Schultz, Gillian P
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