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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 New Deal For Old Land?

A New Deal For Old Land?

(p.246) Epilogue A New Deal For Old Land?
A Golden Weed

James C. Scott

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This chapter discusses the Southside tobacco culture in the twentieth century. The general declining trend of the 1890s continued until the late 1920s, when tobacco markets fell into the abyss of the Great Depression. Although the environmental concerns associated with regional agriculture were full-blown by the 1890s, farmers locked into bright tobacco production by a lack of alternatives did little to move away from the crop. Farmers would also continue to struggle with soil erosion and depletion and the power of large tobacco companies for the entire twentieth century.

Keywords:   tobacco production, tobacco farming, cultivation, tobacco markets, Great Depression

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