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

Evan P. Bennett

Abstract

This book explores the history of tobacco agriculture in the Piedmont region of Virginia and North Carolina since Emancipation in 1865. Focusing on the transformations in labor—the tasks of growing tobacco; the arrangement of workers; and the cultural meaning of labor—the book argues that the predominance of family labor in tobacco agriculture in the Piedmont in the twentieth century was an accident of the arrangement of labor following emancipation that was then reified in federal policy. This reification, however, was not accidental, but a product of farm families’ advocacy of that particula ... More

Keywords: Tobacco, Labor, Farms, Piedmont, North Carolina, Virginia, Agriculture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780813060149
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813060149.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Evan P. Bennett, author
FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY

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