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Local historian to speak at APSU about area Tobacco Wars

Austin Peay State Universitys Phi Alpha Theta history honor society is hosting a presentation by local historian Dr. Rick Gregory.

His presentation, The Tobacco Wars in Tennessee and Kentucky, 1904-1914," will be held at 5 p.m. on Oct. 22 in APSU's Gentry Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Austin Peay State University's Phi Alpha Theta history honor society is hosting a presentation by local historian Dr. Rick Gregory.

His presentation, “The Tobacco Wars in Tennessee and Kentucky, 1904-1914," will be held at 5 p.m. on Oct. 22 in APSU's Gentry Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The Tobacco Wars were a series of violent conflicts between local tobacco planters and the corporate monopoly, The American Tobacco Co., during the early years of the 20th century. Writer Robert Penn Warren fictionalized the events of that period in his novel, “Night Riders.”

Gregory earned his Ph.D from Vanderbilt University, where he wrote his dissertation, “Desperate Farmers: The Dark Fired Planters Protective Association of Kentucky and Tennessee, 1904-1914.” He is the author of numerous historical articles published in journals such as Tennessee Historical Quarterly and the Encyclopedia of Tennessee History.

Gregory lives in Adams, and is president of Gregory and Associates, a Land Management Relations firm. -- Charles Booth