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A Golden Weed: Tobacco and Environment in the Piedmont South

Drew A Swanson

Abstract

This book presents 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 book provocatively argues, the choice of crop initially made perfect agrarian as well as financial sense for southern planters. This book explores how one attempt at agricultural permanence went seriously awry. It weaves together social, agricultural, and cultural history of the Piedmont region and illustrates how ideas about race and la ... More

Keywords: environmental history, American tobacco, southern planters, Piedmont region, slavery, tobacco farming

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300191165
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300191165.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Drew A Swanson, author
Wright State University