Essay Topic 1
The "bright" leaf is a mild variety of tobacco introduced in the Colonial Period.
Part 1) How does it differ from the original varieties? Is the "bright" leaf better? Why or why not?
Part 2) What is ironic about the "bright" leaf?
Part 3) How does this new leaf draw more people to smoking? Would as many people smoke or become addicted or sick if this leaf had not been discovered? Explain.
Essay Topic 2
The American colonies were not conducive to the slave trade.
Part 1) Why were they not conducive to the slave trade? What role did Virginia play in the rise of slavery?
Part 2) Why were slaves important for the tobacco industry? Would slavery have been abolished sooner if the tobacco industry had never existed? Why or why not?
Part 3) What was needed to replace the use of slaves, yet keep costs down? What other technology has been...
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