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Recommended Reading & Acknowledgments

Alan Blum, MD, director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society, and curator Kevin Bailey discuss the exhibition The Makin’s of a Nation: Tobacco & World War I (05:19)

The makin’s of this exhibition were largely drawn from the collection of the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society. Other sources of magazine and newspaper articles, promotional ephemera, photographs, military reports, and personal letters include the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections.

Recommended Reading

Brandt AM. The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America. New York, NY: Basic Books; 2007:51-54.

Brown M. The Imperial War Museum Book of 1918: Year of Victory. Basingstoke, UK: Pan Macmillan Publishers; 1999.

Cornebise AE. The Stars and Stripes: Doughboy Journalism in World War I. Westport, CT: Praeger; 1984.

Dunbrose E. A History of the Great War. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press,Inc.; 2009.

Gately I. Tobacco: A Cultural History of How an Exotic Plant Seduced Civilization. New York, NY: Grove Press; 2001:231-237.

Proctor RN. Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press; 2011:44-45.

Robert JC. The Story of Tobacco in America. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf; 1952.

Tate C. The little white slaver goes to war. In: Cigarette Wars: The Triumph of “The Little White Slaver”. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, Inc.; 1999:65-92.

The American Tobacco Company. “Sold American!” – The First Fifty Years. Durham, NC: American Tobacco Company; 1954:54-56.

Young WW. The Story of the Cigarette. New York, NY: D. Appleton and Company; 1917.

Web Sources

Allen T. Cigarettes & Tobacco and ww1 Soldiers. Picture Postcards from the Great War 1914-1918. https://www.worldwar1postcards.com/smokes-for-the-troops.php. Published 2014. Accessed October 2, 2018.

Johnson NK. World War I, Part 5: Tobacco in the Trenches. Points: The Blog of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society. https://pointsadhsblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/wwi-part-5-tobacco-in-the-trenches/. Published June 27, 2014. Accessed October 1, 2018.

Langley T. Cigarettes for Soldiers: How the Tobacco and Advertising Industries Seized an Opportunity. Roads to the Great War. http://roadstothegreatwar-ww1.blogspot.com/2013/09/cigarettes-for-soldiers-how-tobacco-and.html. Published September 25, 2013. Accessed October 2, 2018.

Orange City Council. Smoking in the First World War. Centenary of World War I in Orange. http://www.centenaryww1orange.com.au/stories/smoking-in-the-first-world-war/. Published July 4, 2017. Accessed October 1, 2018.

Chris Wrigley. Smoking in the First World War.  https://www.historytoday.com/chris-wrigley/smoking-first-world-war. Published April 2014. Accessed January 22, 2019.

Special Thanks

The National WWI Museum and Memorial

“Books wanted for our men in camp and ‘over there'”

Propaganda poster
Artist: Charles Buckles Falls
Image credit: Library of Congress
Circa 1918


Jesse Ohl, PhD
University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences

Jean-Luc Robin, PhD, Isabelle Drewelow, PhD
Deproux L. Kadji
University of Alabama Department of Modern Languages and Classics

David Tucker
Jeroen Nuyens

Andrew Minear, PhD
University Singers
University of Alabama School of Music

David Bolus, Jr.
The University of Alabama Honors College

Ben Rapaport
One of the foremost authorities on pipes and antiquarian books on tobacco, Benjamin Rapaport is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Global Guide to Tobacco Literature (1989) and the Museum of Tobacco Art & History Guide Book (1996)

The Makin’s of a Nation: Tobacco & World War I was curated by Kevin Bailey, MA, Digital Archivist, Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society, The University of Alabama School of Medicine, Tuscaloosa.

Alan Blum, MD, the Center’s Director, and Mary Clare Johnson, MLIS, the Center’s Collection Manager, served as associate curators, and Mark Usry, MA, graduate student in the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies, served as a technical assistant. In 2023, Bryce Callahan, computer engineering student at The University of Alabama assisted Dr. Alan Blum in updating the online exhibition and adding the presentation.

The Makin’s of a Nation: Tobacco & World War I is Copyrighted 2018