Of the Quest of the Golden Leaf: Black Farmers and Bright Tobacco in the Piedmont South

Evan P. Bennett

in Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780813039862
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043777 | DOI:
Of the Quest of the Golden Leaf: Black Farmers and Bright Tobacco in the Piedmont South

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No region better illustrates the relationship between crop culture and farm-family potential than the bright tobacco area that straddled the Virginia and North Carolina border. Evan P. Bennett focuses on the precarious position of landowning farmers, the role of tobacco agriculture in their lives, and the agrarian vision that resulted and rang as true during the 1930s as it does when voiced by the National Black Farmers Association in 2010. Social scientist Margaret Hagood documented black farm families on the Piedmont tobacco farms, as she did white farm families, and prosperous black farmers such as Burrie C. “Doc” Corbett reacted with caution but shared a family story that indicates the ways that gender, race, policy, credit availability, cooperatives, and tobacco culture affected tobacco farm families and their farm operations.

Keywords: Virginia; North Carolina; prosperous black farmers; Burrie C. “Doc” Corbett; Margaret Hagood; tobacco; credit; culture; cooperatives

Chapter.  10782 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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