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Guthrie in Todd County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Tobacco Farmers Unite

 
 
Tobacco Farmers Unite Marker (Side One) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Manning, May 31, 2016
1. Tobacco Farmers Unite Marker (Side One)
Inscription.  
(Side One)
Farmers throughout Western Ky. and northern Tn. gathered in Guthrie on Sept. 24, 1904, in response to the tobacco growers' economic hardship. Five thousand farmers participated in the formation of a cooperative to pool their crops in opposition to price-fixing by James Duke and the American Tobacco Co. Two more Guthrie rallies in 1905-06.

(Side Two)
The Planters Protective Association advocated state & federal policies more responsive to farmers needs. On May 29, 1911, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the American Tobacco Co. violated the Sherman Antitrust Act & directed James Duke to bust up his operation. Tobacco prices began to climb. The association was disbanded in 1914.
 
Erected 2009 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2294.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & CommerceLabor Unions.
 
Location. 36° 38.855′ N, 87° 9.925′ W. Marker is in Guthrie, Kentucky, in

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Todd County. Marker is on Ewing Street. Located in a small vacant lot in downtown Guthrie. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 280 Ewing St, Guthrie KY 42234, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robert Penn Warren (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stage Coach Inn (approx. 1.9 miles away); First Amish Settlement in Kentucky (approx. 3.9 miles away); Camp Boone (approx. 5˝ miles away in Tennessee); Joseph Buckner Killebrew (1831-1906) (approx. 6.3 miles away in Tennessee); The Town of Port Royal (approx. 6.6 miles away in Tennessee); 1859 Masonic Lodge & General Store (approx. 6.6 miles away in Tennessee); Stores of Port Royal (approx. 6.6 miles away in Tennessee). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guthrie.
 
Tobacco Farmers Unite Marker (Side Two) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Manning, May 31, 2016
2. Tobacco Farmers Unite Marker (Side Two)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 21, 2017. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2017, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 20, 2017, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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