THE PRESIDENCY: The Politics of Tobacco

Jimmy Carter's sentimental journey through the tobacco lands of North Carolina the other day was a tonic for him. But despite the cheers, the line he followed took him right down the old route of confusion.

Carter was almost poetic when he talked about "the beautiful quality of your tobacco." He grew eloquent in describing his tobacco-farming ancestors, the "backbreaking labor... honest work." He mentioned God and all the church-going families, and finally he was moved to suggest that there was no incompatibility between promoting good health and promoting a good tobacco...

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