Course Description

IN PERSON: Tobacco has provided Americans with a sustaining topic of conversation, both pro and con. However, in 1612, before the establishment of Colonial America, the sale of tobacco established the economic power that created a viable and solvent society, beginning in what is now Jamestown, Virginia. From that point in our history, tobacco became the economic foundation that made us who we are today. This course will explore the social, economic and cultural role tobacco has played on Earth since ancient times. We will enjoy the lectures of one or two current tobacco leaders, along with videos on the tobacco auction system and political progress in the industry. One or two field trips will be offered. | Lecture + Q&A, Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 30.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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Section Title
American Tobacco: A History
Classroom - In Person
1:30PM to 3:00PM
Jan 30, 2023 to Apr 03, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Classroom - In Person  
Course Fees
Section Notes

: We will have a possible trip to a tobacco factory, along with a trip to the Duke Homestead State Historic Site, including a lecture by the site manager. The recommended reading will be referenced in the course, but not assigned reading, per se

Recommended reading:
Billy Yeargin, "North Carolina Tobacco: A History" (9781596293137)
Billy Yeargin, "Remembering North Carolina Tobacco" (9781596294332)
Billy Yeargin, "The History of Burley Tobacco in East Tennessee & Western North Carolina" (9781626199606)
Billy Yeargin, "The Bluegrass and Beyond" (available from the instructor)

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