A Golden Weed (Yale Agrarian Studies Series) by Drew A. Swanson

By Drew A. Swanson

Drew A. Swanson has written an “environmental” background a few crop of significant old and fiscal value: American tobacco.  a popular agricultural product for far of the South, the tobacco plant could eventually degrade the land that nurtured it, yet because the writer provocatively argues, the alternative of crop in the beginning made excellent agrarian in addition to monetary feel for southern planters.
 
Swanson, who brings to his narrative the adventure of getting grown up on a operating Virginia tobacco farm, explores how one test at agricultural permanence went heavily awry. He weaves jointly social, agricultural, and cultural historical past of the Piedmont quarter and illustrates how rules approximately race and panorama administration turned entangled lower than slavery and in a while. demanding long-held perceptions, this cutting edge research examines not just the fabric relationships that hooked up crop, land, and other people but additionally the excuses that inspired tobacco farming within the region.

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