Tobacco Towns: Urban Growth and Economic Development in Eastern North Carolina

Biles, Roger
April 2007
North Carolina Historical Review;Apr2007, Vol. 84 Issue 2, p156
Academic Journal
The article discusses the economic growth and development in North Carolina as a result of the expanding tobacco industry after the Civil War. North Carolina, affected by the post-Civil War industrial movement, dominated the tobacco industry due to declining cotton prices, cigarette production technology, improved railroads, and the ventures of James B. Duke and R. J. Reynolds, according to the article. Tobacco towns became the economic backbone of the state and an important part of its history.


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