First grown by Virginia Native Americans, tobacco was already a part of the Commonwealth’s history before the arrival of the English. In search of new sources of revenue, colonists eventually found one through the cultivation of a plant that came to dominate the economy and determine new settlement patterns. The labor-intensive crop also led to a society based on slavery and the destruction of Virginia’s once-fertile soil by the mid-19th century. This program will tell the complicated story of tobacco from the colonial era to the present. This is a live interactive digital presentation.