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A Golden WeedTobacco and Environment in the Piedmont South$
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Drew A Swanson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300191165

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300191165.001.0001

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Let There Be Bright

Let There Be Bright

The Birth Of Yellow Tobacco Culture

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(p.46) Two Let There Be Bright
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A Golden Weed
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James C. Scott

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300191165.003.0003

This chapter describes the development of bright tobacco, which became the literal lifeblood of the region's countryside and towns following the Civil War. The elements of a bright tobacco culture that came to dominate Southside farming caused subtle changes to the traditional routines of the farminig of dark tobacco. Farmers selected varieties of seed for certain color and taste characteristics; they planted these seeds on new portions of the Piedmont landscape; and they experimented with new methods of curing their tobacco. While none of these changes seemed dramatic departures from the tobacco culture that had existed in the Southside since the mid-1700s, collectively these practices would alter both land and people over the following decades.

Keywords:   tobacco cultivation, tobacco farming, bright tobacco, Piedmont, tobacco crops

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