- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: November 2, 1998
From Colonial farmers to Joe Camel, this is the definitive documentary about the American tobacco industry.
It helped support a new nation. But it also created a legacy that haunts America to this day. It is one of our most profitable crops, yet it is continually surrounded by controversy and dogged by restrictions and legislation.
The tobacco industry is among the nation's largest and most embattled. Like none other, it has become a flashpoint for debates; over government regulation of our personal lives; over individual liberty versus the health of others; over the welfare of farmers versus the interests of the medical industry. LEAVES OF GOLD is a fascinating history of tobacco in America from the Colonial era to the present day. Historians, politicians, health professionals and industry insiders provide a comprehensive look at the issues involved and point out the many troubling aspects of our convoluted relationship with the ultimate cash crop.
This is the story of how farmer's sons turned a national addiction into an industrial empire that continues to fan the flames of controversy.