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By Eldred E. Prince Jr.

The first finished historical past of brilliant Leaf tobacco tradition of any country to seem in fifty years, this booklet explores tobacco's impact in South Carolina from its beginnings within the colonial interval to its heyday on the flip of the century, the influence of the melancholy, the hot Deal, and international conflict II, and directly to present-day controversies approximately well-being dangers because of smoking.

The e-book examines the tobacco growers' fight opposed to the monopolistic practices of brands, explains the disasters of the cooperative reform move and the Hoover administration's farm regulations, and describes how Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal rescued southern agriculture from the melancholy and cast a long-lasting and winning partnership among tobacco farmers and executive. The technological revolutions of the post-World struggle II period and next tobacco economic climate hardships as a result of more and more adverse public belief of tobacco use also are highlighted.The e-book information the jobs and reasons of key contributors within the improvement of tobacco tradition, together with firsthand reviews comparable by way of farmers and warehousemen, and provides expert speculations at the way forward for tobacco tradition. Long Green permits readers to higher comprehend the total value of this money crop within the heritage and economic system of South Carolina and the yankee South.

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Again in 1850, the shrill cry of secession was heard in the Palmetto State. South Carolinians rushed to the brink in 1850 and drew back only because no other state would accompany them, and they were loath to make the leap alone. The famous compromise of that year was but a lull in the storm. During the last antebellum decade, voices of reason on both sides of the sectional conflict faded as the howl of extremism swelled. 1 On the Fourth of July 1881, a traveler passing through the Pee Dee region of South Carolina gazed upon scenes of grinding poverty.

Besides the demeaning nature of gang labor, they also found fault with the housing arrangements. Under the contract system, housing patterns were often carried over from slavery. Contract workers were usually housed in the plantation slave quarters, sometimes within sight of the landlord or overseer. Specialists in the history of slavery agree that most slaves resented living and working under the watchful eyes 28 : long green of their masters and overseers. 52 Under the contract system, then, freedpeople saw little improvement in two critical areas—work routines and living conditions.

No northern employer ever had to face workers he had formerly owned and possibly abused. Truly, for all its lip service to freedom, federal sponsorship of labor contracts in the postwar South was neither enlightened nor imaginative. There were problems with the contract system from the beginning. First, contracts perpetuated slave-style work routines such as gang labor, which focused on groups rather than individuals and tended to make labor a collective responsibility. 40 Although workers were often paid a share of the crop, the communal nature of the division did little to encourage individual effort.

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