Here are background materials to help explain contexts and themes that will be seen during the tour. Please check back periodically as we will continue to add material right up until the week of the conference.

African American Life
Tobacco Industry
  • Harvesting and Selling Tobacco

  • Tobacco Farming in Eastern NC

  • Chapter 3.2 from LEARN NC’s digital textbook North Carolina in the New South titled “Working in a Tobacco Factory,” which is a January 17, 1926, Durham Morning Herald interview of a longtime factory worker
  • Photo essay from Durham County Library and photographer Laura Drey titled “The End of Tobacco Road: Scenes from Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company’s Final Days in Durham, North Carolina, 1999.”
  • "Bright Leaves," a 2005 documentary by North Carolina native Ross McElwee, whose great-grandfather claimed to have created the Bull Durham brand, "takes viewers on an autobiographical journey across the state's social, economic and psychological tobacco terrain." Watch the trailer or, if you have an Amazon Prime membership, watch the entire 107-minute movie
  • In Defense of the True 'Cue: from the November 2, 2015, issue of The New Yorker, Calvin Trillin's exploration of North Carolina barbecue with sociologist John Shelton Reed, who once said, "I don't think you can really understand the South if you don't understand barbecue--as food, process, and event." The article covers Allen & Son, who will provide our dinner Thursday evening, and The Pit, a popular Durham restaurant near the conference hotel.
Durham, City of the New South
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