Weaves agricultural, social, and political history into a thorough and compelling history of the Bright Belt tobacco region....Highly recommended.
A concise study of families, farm labor, and federal policy in the Old Bright Belt region of North Carolina and Virginia. Bennett provides historical context for tobacco’s past and future in his work.
--North Carolina Historical Review
A well-written and thoroughly researched [book] on bright leaf tobacco culture in the Old Belt of North Carolina and Virginia since the Civil War.
--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
Bennett successfully depicts the insecurity of family farms.
--Journal of American History
An important addition to our understanding of the shaping of tobacco agriculture, especially in the context of government farm programs.
--Journal of Southern History
Provides an indispensable historical and analytical perspective on one of the most important crops and agricultural landscapes in the United States. . . . This book is highly recommended, insightful and readable.
--Florida Historical Quarterly