Patrick Hemp for Victory

Personal connections can make history feel so immediate. My family history in the Bluegrass agricultural landscape is a continual source of inspiration for my work. I always feel motivated to keep writing by the juxtaposition of the relative ease of even the most frustrating day working on the dissertation when compared with the difficult physical labor that generations of Kentuckians poured (pour) into the land.


For example, the above image of some of my great-grandfather’s IRS documentation during his spell as a hemp producer during World War II is interesting in its own right, but vastly more so since I understand how much physical work went into it and the long history of how the “marihuana” fit into the regional agricultural ecosystem.

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