Farewell to Manzanar

Why was sugar one of the reasons to start a riot?


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Sugar was in short suply and substitutes were causing illness and death.

Since sugar and meat were both in short supply, and since it was rumored that infants had died from saccharin mixed into formulas as a sugar substitute, these charges were widely believed. The young cooks arrest became the immediate and popular cause that triggered the riot.

Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki; Houston, James D.. Farewell to Manzanar (p. 74). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.