6014A new episode of SLSA’s “Working History” podcast is available for listening. In “Tobacco, Family Farms, and Federal Policy,” SLSA Treasurer, Professor Evan Bennett of Florida Atlantic University, discusses his book When Tobacco Was King and the development and demise of family tobacco farms in the Piedmont South, tobacco farming culture, and the New Deal’s Federal Tobacco Program.

Evan Bennett is Associate Professor of History at Florida Atlantic University. He is a historian of the American South whose research focuses on the intersections of rural, environmental, and labor history. He is author of When Tobacco Was King: Families, Farm Labor,and Federal Policy in the Piedmont (University Press of Florida, 2014). He is also co-editor of Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule: African American Landowning Families since Reconstruction (University Press of Florida, 2012). Bennett is currently pursuing two projects. The first is a history of small crossroads of Cedar Grove, North Carolina, in order to understand the dynamics of change for black rural southerners in the twentieth century. The second is a cultural, labor, and environmental history of the Florida Straits. He teaches courses in southern history, labor history, environmental history, and Florida history.