Tobacco Podcasts 1 & 2
According to the World Health Organization, more than one billion people in the world smoke tobacco products (that is one out of every seven people!), and that number is increasing. Most people living in developed nations understand the dangers of smoking and use is decreasing in these countries; however, tobacco use is becoming very popular in developing and third world regions like China and India, where lack of regulation and easy access have allowed tobacco to become the social norm. In developed nations, plenty of people understand the modern issues associated with tobacco use, but rarely people look at how this commodity grew and developed into the powerful drug that it has. Without tobacco, the United States, Europe, almost all of the world would be completely different! In the first podcast, Buzzing Through History, we will analyze how tobacco affected trade, taxation, and slavery in a way that altered history for Europe, and sparked revolution in the United States. This podcast will show you the aspects of tobacco that you never knew were so important to world history. In our second podcast, we will focus specifically on slavery and its relationship to tobacco through the story of Henry Box Brown. We are sure you knew about tobacco plantations and the slaves that worked on them, but do you know the whole story? Stay tuned to see a perspective rarely viewed by people of modern times. Both podcasts highlight the historical importance of tobacco, and both relate to us as modern citizens of the world.
Abbi Rohde, Ben Towle, Tyler Betley
Hahn, Barbara. Making Tobacco Bright: Creating An American Commodity, 1617-1937. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.
Down in the Old Belt: Voices from the Tobacco South. Films Media Group, 2005. Retrieved from: http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=14605&xtid=50566.
Mancall, Peter C. “Tales Tobacco Told in Sixteenth-Century Europe.” Environmental History 9, no. 4 (2004): 648–678.
O’Rourke, Kevin H., and Jeffrey G. Williamson. “After Columbus: Explaining Europe’s Overseas Trade Boom, 1500-1800.” The Journal of Economic History 62, no. 2 (June 1, 2002): 417–456.
Derthick, Martha A. Up In Smoke: From Legislation to Litigation in Tobacco Politics. Washington, D.C., Congressional Quarterly, 2002.