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Beyond Forty Acres and a MuleAfrican American Landowning Families since Reconstruction$
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Debra Reid and Evan Bennett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813039862

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813039862.001.0001

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Of the Quest of the Golden Leaf: Black Farmers and Bright Tobacco in the Piedmont South

Of the Quest of the Golden Leaf: Black Farmers and Bright Tobacco in the Piedmont South

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(p.179) 8 Of the Quest of the Golden Leaf: Black Farmers and Bright Tobacco in the Piedmont South
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Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule
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Evan P. Bennett

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813039862.003.0009

No region better illustrates the relationship between crop culture and farm-family potential than the bright tobacco area that straddled the Virginia and North Carolina border. Evan P. Bennett focuses on the precarious position of landowning farmers, the role of tobacco agriculture in their lives, and the agrarian vision that resulted and rang as true during the 1930s as it does when voiced by the National Black Farmers Association in 2010. Social scientist Margaret Hagood documented black farm families on the Piedmont tobacco farms, as she did white farm families, and prosperous black farmers such as Burrie C. “Doc” Corbett reacted with caution but shared a family story that indicates the ways that gender, race, policy, credit availability, cooperatives, and tobacco culture affected tobacco farm families and their farm operations.

Keywords:   Virginia, North Carolina, prosperous black farmers, Burrie C. “Doc” Corbett, Margaret Hagood, tobacco, credit, culture, cooperatives

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