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Tobacco: Labor Issues in Tobacco Processing
Students will identify different job classifications in a tobacco company using the Export Leaf Tobacco Co. (Greenville, NC). From this students will determine the typical sex and wage rate of tobacco production employees in the early 20th Century. Students will determine the impact of gender on wage earning potential.
Competency Goal 5: The learner will evaluate the impact of political, economic, social and technological changes on life in North Carolina from 1870 to 1930.
Objective 5.01: Identify the role played by the agriculture, textile, tobacco, and furniture industries in North Carolina, and analyze their importance in the economic development of the state.
Skill Competency Goal 2: The learner will acquire strategies to access a variety of sources, and use appropriate research skills to gather, synthesize, and report information using diverse modalities to demonstrate the knowledge acquired.
Objective 2.02: Explore print and non-print materials.
Time Required for Lesson:
Export Leaf Tobacco Co. (Greenville, NC) Payroll Sheets, 20 November 1914 (http://www.lib.ecu.edu/exhibits/tobacco/htmlFiles/LEAF1.html)
Focus and Review:
The teacher will explain that tobacco production has changed considerably with technological advances. In the late 19th / early 20th century, the complicated processing of tobacco involved a variety of skills. The teacher will describe some of the jobs and get students to predict which gender would most likely hold that job.
Statement of Objectives/Inquiry Formation:
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