During the World War II years, tobacco was in great demand by the soldiers overseas. The U.S. government was at the same time faced with drafting all able-bodied men to serve in the armed forces or to work in defense plants. This left the tobacco industry with a labor-intensive crop, a shortage of workers, and the danger of not being able to meet its demand. In a special project, the U.S. looked beyond its borders to the British West Indies. Arrangements were made with the Jamaican government to recruit workers from the island for the sole purpose of working on various tobacco farms in the U.S. Jumping at the chance to make some money as well as to make a contribution to the Allied war effort, thousands of men willingly signed up for the project. The intrigue of their lives as they traveled from the small tropical to America and worked on the tobacco farms is sensitively told by Fay Clarke Johnson. While many of these men returned to their homelands, others remained to become rightful citizens of the U.S. Their stories should not be forgotten.
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