Tobacco Capitalism: Growers, Migrant Workers, and the Changing Face of a Global Industry

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Illustrations
Map I.1Map of North Carolina2
Map I.2Map of Wilson County3
Figure I.1Burden of disease attributable to the ten leading risk factors in North America22
Figure 1.1Memo entitled “Confidential Limited: L&M— A Prospective Review,” March 15, 196144
Figure 2.1Tobacco delivery at the Carolina Warehouse in Wilson, 194664
Figure 2.2“Wearing bright leaf costumes, maids of the annual tobacco festival at Wilson adorn a giant corncob pipe”65
Figure 2.3Processing tobacco at James I. Miller Tobacco Company, a Wilson processing factory, during the 1940s69
Figure 2.4Tenant farmers and tobacco barn in Granville County, North Carolina, 193970
Figure 2.5Farmer fertilizing tobacco plants, early 1950s71
Figure 2.6Auction at Clark Warehouse, Wilson, mid-1950s74
Figure 2.7“Come to Marlboro Country,” tobacco advertisement, 196786
Figure 2.8Tobacco farmer in a tobacco field in Wilson County, North Carolina, 1960s87
Figure 3.1Billboard from the “Pride in Tobacco” campaign of the R. J. Reynolds Corporation, near Wilson, late 1970s110
Figure 3.2Cartoon published days after the buyout legislation was passed127
Figure 5.1Seasonal tobacco worker in a tobacco warehouse in Wilson, North Carolina, 2005167
Figure 5.2Farmworker from Nayarit, Mexico, on a Wilson County farm, 2005187
Figure 5.3A farmworker from Central Mexico, who goes by the name of Don José, on a Wilson County farm, 2005192
Figure 6.1Summary of standard grades211
Figure 6.2Description of tobacco grades222
Figure 6.3Tobacco harvest near Wilson, July 1938231
Figure 6.4North Carolina tenants swapping help, 1938234
Figure 6.5Liberty Warehouse on opening day of the Wilson Tobacco Market in August 2004237
Figure C.1“I smoke,” tobacco advertisement, circa 1973268
Figure C.2A farmer and his son in a Wilson County tobacco warehouse, early 1940s271

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I- The Tobacco Industry, Public Health, and Agrarian Change 35
  • Chapter 1- Most Admired Company 37
  • Chapter 2- The Jungle 63
  • Chapter 3- Enemies of Tobacco 96
  • Part II- Innocence and Blame in American Society 133
  • Chapter 4- Good, Clean Tobacco 135
  • Chapter 5- El Campo 166
  • Chapter 6- Sorriness 210
  • Conclusion Reflections on the Tobacco Industry (and American Exceptionalism) 258
  • Bibliography 275
  • Index 307
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