When Tobacco Was King

WheWhen_Tobacco_Was_King_RGBn Tobacco Was King: Families, Farm Labor, and Federal Policy in the Piedmont

Evan P. Bennett

In When Tobacco Was King, Evan Bennett examines the agriculture of tobacco, the South’s original staple crop. Advances in technology and shifts in labor and farming policy have altered the way of life for tobacco farmers, but rather than putting an end to tobacco culture, these developments have sent it in new directions and accelerated the change that has always been part of the farmer’s life. From Emancipation to the abandonment of federal crop controls in 2004, Bennett highlights changes endured by blacks and whites, landowners and tenants to show how tobacco farmers continued to find meaning and community in their work despite drastic changes.


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Categories: African American Studies, American History, History, Publication Announcement

Author:University Press of Florida


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One Comment on “When Tobacco Was King”

  1. October 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    Reblogged this on DAILYBOOKS.ORG and commented:
    Evan P. Bennett has a new book entitled When Tabacco was King. The Florida Bookshelf has brief description of his new book.

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