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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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A Barren and Fruitful Land

A Barren and Fruitful Land

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A Golden Weed

James C. Scott

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on postwar bright tobacco production. Yellow tobacco offered the promise of prosperity for both farmers and capital-intensive agribusinessmen. While certain cultivation techniques survived the war intact and would persist into the twentieth century, environmental challenges and new thinking altered other production methods. A new auction system, increasing demand, and the sometimes violent control of labor combined to continue bright tobacco's expansion during and after Reconstruction.

Keywords:   tobacco production, tobacco farming, cultivation, bright tobacco, yellow tobacco

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