Shade Tobacco Stories: Land, Labor, and Immigration in the CT Tobacco Valley by Fiona Vernal, PhD
In 1910 after many experiments, shade tobacco supplanted broadleaf to become the dominant crop in the Connecticut River Valley. It’s aroma, texture, burn, and size help to create a boutique industry that became an important part of Connecticut lore and romance. Whether they were students recruited from historically black colleges or along the eastern seaboard, West Indians and Puerto Ricans from the Caribbean, or local day haul and summer workers, tobacco culture touched many lives. Netting, planting, weeding, harvesting, and sewing tobacco brought men, youth, and immigrants together in the field and the sheds. Join us for a look at what this premium brand tells us about role of tobacco in the history of land use, labor, and immigration in the Greater Hartford region and the Connecticut River valley.
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The program will be live streamed to Connecticut’s Old State House’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
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