WHEN TOBACCO WAS KING: A HISTORY OF TOBACCO IN CANADA - A SOUTHERNER'S GLOBAL JOURNEY
BRIEF SUMMARY - WHEN TOBACCO WAS KING Paul E. Allen The much maligned and attacked tobacco industry has been beleaguered by government, health authorities, and anti-smoking advocates for years. This story does not intend to glorify tobacco but interwoven through the narrative which follows a young Carolinian's career in tobacco, it does attempt to show the industry was not "all" bad. See the growth and economic impact of the tobacco business through the eyes of a Creedmoor, North Carolina boy who ventured all the way to Canada to grow one of the first "Virginia bright-leaf flue-cured" tobacco crops in Canada. Recognize the visionary efforts of the Universal Leaf Tobacco Company in Richmond, Virginia as they founded a successful subsidiary, the Canadian Leaf Tobacco and follow an adventuresome Tar Heel on his ascendancy to the president's office of the second largest purchaser/processor of tobacco in Canada. Enjoy his North Carolina tobacco family history and their national acclaim as growers of some of the finest tobacco in the south. Expect to be surprised at the role his Lyon family ancestors played to establish Durham, North Carolina as a major tobacco centre, even before the famed Duke family arrived. In these chapters, the reader will be transported back to a different era and can watch the tobacco business evolve from the 1860's to its 20th century zenith and then take a look at the state of the tobacco business today. Travel the world with an international tobacconist and enjoy his adventures in Rhodesia, post World War II England, Europe, and, even a trip to Japan. Hop on one of the first transatlantic passenger airplane flights with him, cruise the Atlantic on the legendary Queen Mary, and bounce along on a flying boat across the continent of Africa, all the while enjoying amusing anecdotes about colorful tobacconists and exposure to a business philosophy that stands the test of time. This book demonstrates tobacco brought employment and prosperity to those who participated "when tobacco was king." See how governments throughout the world have reaped huge tax revenue from the industry and examine the philanthropy of individual tobacconists like William Macdonald, Mortimer Davis, David Stewart, and James Buchanan "Buck" Duke who all generously supported hospitals, museums, and universities like McGill University in Montreal and Duke University in Durham. This is not just the historical biography of one southerner or one or two tobacco companies but it is a testament to all the tobacco men who made significant contributions in an always controversial but fascinating business. Look at tobacco in a different period of time through the eyes of someone who lived in its infancy and participated in fifty years of the industry's growth. Based on previously unpublished correspondence, personal records, first-hand knowledge, and up to date research, this story shows how and when tobacco was king.
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