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For seventy-five years tobacco farmers and processors in a small district along the Florida-Georgia boundary produced shade tobacco, a specialty leaf used as the outer wrapper of premium cigars. Then, within a period of a few years, the market for the product vanished, and the industry vanished with it. This paper explores several reasons offered for the decline of the business and goes on to explore what happened to the farm owners and to their largely African American work force.
Cigar Wrapper, Shade Tobacco, Gadsden County, Cigars
Date of Defense
November 11, 2003.
A Thesis Submitted to the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts.
Includes bibliographical references.
Elna Green, Professor Directing Thesis; Bruce Grindal, Committee Member; Barney Warf, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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