Cigarette Wars

Cigarette Wars : The Triumph of the `Little White Slaver'

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This 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. Progressive reformers and religious fundamentalists came together to curb smoking, but their efforts collapsed during the First World War, 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 143 x 227.1 x 17.3mm | 348.35g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195140613
  • 9780195140613

Review quote

a compelling work of cultural history. Better than any other scholar to date, she highlights the frenwied atte;pts by various reformers to rid society of what Henry Ford once termed the "little white slaver" through prohibition schemes before and after World War I. * American Historical Review, February 2001 * It is ... a fine study that raises a number of questions on the relative merits of addiction, mass advertising, and cultural assimilatoin and casts a provocative light on a little-known reform effort. Tate has produced a well-researched and very readable book that will interest a large number of American cultural and social historians. * American Historical Review, February 2001 *show more

About Cassandra Tate

Cassandra Tate worked as a journalist for twenty years before earning a Ph.D. in history at the University of Washington in 1995. She won national acclaim for her reportage on environmental problems in Kellogg, Idaho.show more

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