William T. Sutherlin and the Danville tobacco industry

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Barbara Napier Bennett (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Richard Current

Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to evaluate the part William T. Sutherlin played in the rebuilding and expansion of the Danville tobacco industry during the period 1865-1890. The postwar problems that existed in the tobacco industry have been divided into four categoriesĀ -- labor, transportation, education, and agriculture unrest. A careful study has been made of the Sutherlin manuscript collections at the Duke library and the Southern Historical Collection at Chapel Hill as they apply to the tobacco industry. The ideas that Sutherlin expressed in his public speeches on agricultural problems have been compared with his private correspondence in an effort to understand his motivation. Published secondary accounts of his business and political activities have been re-evaluated from the standpoint of what he had hoped to accomplish. Both published and unpublished sources have been combined in order to describe each agricultural problem, as Sutherlin saw it, how it was handled, and the results of his intervention.

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Language: English
Date: 1974

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