Journals Higher Education

$120.00

Hardcover

11 February 1999

224 Pages | 16 halftones, & frontispiece

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195118513


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Cigarette Wars

The Triumph of "The Little White Slaver"

Cassandra Tate

Cigarette Wars is a meticulously researched, engagingly written history of the first anti-cigarette movement, dating from the Victorian Age to the Great Depression, when cigarettes were both legally restricted and socially stigmatized in America. At that time, progressive reformers and religious fundamentalists came together to curb smoking, but their efforts collapsed during World War I, when millions of soldiers took up the habit and cigarettes began to be associated with freedom and modernity. Cassandra Tate compellingly shows how supporters of the early anti-cigarette movement articulated virtually every issue that is still being debated about smoking today; theirs was not a failure of determination, she argues in these pages, but of timing.

A fascinating narrative about clashing American traditions--old vs. young, rural vs. urban, and the late nineteenth vs. early twentieth centuries--this work will appeal to all who are interested in America's love-hate relationship with what Henry Ford once called "the little white slaver."

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