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Young African-American man cutting tobacco, 1940
Young African-American man cutting tobacco on Russei Spears farm, Lexington, Kentucky, 1940. Photo courtesy Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives

Kentucky's Tobacco Tradition

Photographs of farms and curing barns and an essay of six pages are used to document this culture that so dominates the economy of the Kentucky Bluegrass Region. The skills and knowledge required in tobacco farming have been passed down from generation to generation, resulting in a distinctive regional folk culture revolving around the family farm and communal activities

Originally submitted by: Ernie Fletcher, Representative (6th District).



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