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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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Tobacco Goes to War

Tobacco Goes to War

(p.119) Four Tobacco Goes to War
A Golden Weed

James C. Scott

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the impact of the Civil War on tobacco agriculture and manufacturing. While the Civil War neither doomed bright tobacco nor ensured that it would become the dominant form of regional agriculture, it did accentuate antebellum cultivation and marketing practices. The war helped build the reputation of bright tobacco and expanded the market for bright leaf products by creating severe competition among the South's tobacco producers, a competition that favored tobacco of the best quality.

Keywords:   tobacco farming, agriculture, tobacco cultivation, Civil War, bright tobacco

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