Vol. 12, No. 2: The Tobacco Issue

Vol. 12, No. 2: The Tobacco Issue

We meet Tobacco Queens and Barons, and we take a look at brightleaf’s reach beyond the South. “She smokes her way through another story, punctuates it with the Lucky . . . ” writes the poet Michael McFee. Surely he was talking about this issue of Southern Cultures.

The Duke

by Duncan Murrell

"The Dukes linked sex and the cigarette, which was audacious not only because they were abstemious Methodists but because there's no earthly reason burning a foul weed in your mouth ought to invoke the pleasures of sex. And yet it does."

A New Cure for Brightleaf Tobacco: The Origins of the Tobacco Queen during the Great Depression

by Blain Roberts

"'All decked out in tobacco leaves,' the caption read, 'she might be aptly termed Miss Venus.'"

Tobacco’s Civil War: Images of the Sectional Conflict on Tobacco Package Labels

by Paul D. H. Quigley

"Decades before they used sex to sell cigarettes, they were using sectionalism to sell cigars."

“My Aunt Smokes Another Lucky”

by Michael McFee

". . . and everybody laughs, especially my aunt, smoke haunting her head like ghosts of family."

Bright Leaves by Ross McElwee (Review)

by Barbara Hahn

"It's not necessarily that we want tobacco; tobacco wants us."

The South, the Nation, and Tobacco

by Larry J. Griffin

"My firmly devout Church of Christ grandmother from the hills of east Mississippi dipped snuff for most of her eighty-five years. She wasn't proud of her habit--tried to hide it, in fact."

The Grand Ole Opry and Big Tobacco: Radio Scripts from the Files of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, 1948 to 1959

by Louis M. Kyriakoudes

"'It's Grand Ole Opry Time—Another big Prince Albert show with Ernest Tubb.'"

The Last Generation: Young Virginians in Peace, War, and Reunion by Peter S. Carmichael (Review)

by Stephen William Berry

University of North Carolina Press, 2009

Jefferson’s Secrets: Death and Desire at Monticello by Andrew Burstein (Review)

by Ray Kristofer

Basic Books, 2006

Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown by Helen C. Rountree (Review)

by Michael D. Green

University of Virginia Press, 2007

I Am a Man!: Race, Manhood, and the Civil Rights Movement by Steve Estes (Review)

by Larry Isaac

University of North Carolina Press, 2005