Tobacco: The Crop that Created the Commonwealth

by  HistoryConnects from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture

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First grown by Virginia Indians, tobacco was already a part of the Commonwealth’s history before the arrival of the English. In search of new sources of revenue, colonists eventually found one through the cultivation of a plant that came to dominate the economy and determine new settlement patterns. The labor-intensive crop also led to a society based on slavery and the destruction of Virginia’s once-fertile soil by the mid-19th Century. This program will tell the complicated story of tobacco from the colonial era to the present through the manuscript and artifact collections of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.

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Point to Point: $125.00
By Request: $125.00


60 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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HistoryConnects from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture

Richmond, VA
United States

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is owned and operated by the Virginia Historical Society—a private, non-profit organization. The historical society is the oldest cultural organization in Virginia, and one of the oldest and most distinguished history organizations in the nation. For use in its state history museum and its renowned research library, the historical society cares for a collection of nearly nine million items representing the ever-evolving story of Virginia.

HistoryConnects is an outreach education initiative by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture utilizing video and web conferencing to reach learners of all ages across the state of Virginia and around the world! HistoryConnects is made possible in part by the Hugh V. White, Jr., Outreach Education Fund.

Hailey Fenner

Program Details


The educator will begin with an introduction to the VMHC. The program will then trace the history of tobacco in the Commonwealth from Colonial Virginia to present.


Participants will leave with an increased understanding of the role tobacco played in the economic, social, and political development of the Commonwealth of Virginia throughout history.