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From Seed to Cigar: A Cultural Landscape of South-Central Pennsylvania Tobacco
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Doctor of Philosophy
Date of Defense:
February 20, 2019
Anne Ayer Verplanck, Dissertation Advisor
Anne Ayer Verplanck, Committee Chair
Charles David Kupfer, Committee Member
Simon Bronner , Committee Member
Joseph James Cecere, Outside Member
This dissertation interprets the cultural landscape surrounding tobacco in south-central Pennsylvania. This cultural landscape incorporates the areas of Lancaster and York Counties and the surrounding areas that were engaged in the growth and marketing of tobacco as well as the manufacturing of cigars. In addition, this research considers the cultural landscape of tobacco as expressed through key periodicals and as influenced by laws and other political actions. Using a careful analysis of the structures associated with this landscape, extensive primary source research, and secondary scholarship pertaining to cultural landscapes, agriculture, gender, and Pennsylvania German culture, this work argues that tobacco has led to a cultural landscape both formed and revealed through issues of agency, power, and visibility. This landscape has been formed through the actions and perceptions of both those inside of the region and those outside of it. In addition, as the economics and cultural perception of tobacco has changed, the landscape surrounding tobacco has grown increasingly fragmented.
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