Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities Lecture, Nan Enstad

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The Jim Crow Cigarette in China: An Intimate History of Corporate Imperialism

Nan Enstad, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Thursday, February 20

Reception at 5:30 PM, Lecture at 6:00 PM

Belle McWilliams Lecture

This lecture is jointly sponsored by the Department of History and the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities.

The global cigarette of the twentieth century had its beginning in the bright leaf tobacco fields of the Upper South, where African American men and women tended and cured the new agricultural commodity. Soon this cigarette, which developed in tandem with Jim Crow segregation, circulated around the world, including to China where the British American Tobacco Company built a thriving industry. This talk tells the story of how the bright leaf cigarette came to dominate a global industry, linking Jim Crow segregation in the United States to capitalist imperialism in China.

Nan Enstad is Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and author of Cigarettes Inc: An Intimate History of Corporate Imperialism (Chicago, 2018). She has published recently in Modern American History and the Boston Review.

Thursday, February 20, 2020


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