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A golden weed : tobacco and environment in the Piedmont South

Author: Drew A Swanson
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2014]
Series: Yale agrarian studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drew A. Swanson has written an "environmental" history about a crop of great historical and economic significance: American tobacco. A preferred agricultural product for much of the South, the tobacco plant would ultimately degrade the land that nurtured it, but as the author provocatively argues, the choice of crop initially made perfect agrarian as well as financial sense for southern planters. Swanson, who brings  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Drew A Swanson
ISBN: 9780300191165 0300191162
OCLC Number: 862098408
Description: xv, 342 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction : how did such a poor land make some people so rich, and how did they so quickly become poor again? --
On the back of tobacco : sowing the seeds of a tobacco culture --
Let there be bright : the birth of yellow tobacco culture --
Bright leaf, bright prospects : making peace with the idea of yellow tobacco --
Tobacco goes to war --
Fire in the fields : reconstructing labor and land following the Civil War --
A barren and fruitful land --
The decline of the border --
Epilogue : a new deal for old land? --
Appendix : antebellum tobacco prices.
Series Title: Yale agrarian studies.
Other Titles: Tobacco and environment in the Piedmont South
Responsibility: Drew A. Swanson.

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"How did such a valuable crop thrive on land so poor? Why did the earth melt from under the fortunes of planters? Drew Swanson gives answers in a history of bright leaf that is also about the fate of Read more...

 
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