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New Book Ties the Return of Populism and the Rise of Donald Trump to America's Forgotten War
Entrepreneur-turned-author explores the Tobacco Wars and why they matter today
By: Author James C. Rumford Jr.
This is according to James ("Jim") C. Rumford, Jr.'s new book Tobacco, Trusts, and Trump: How America's Forgotten War Created Big Government.
From 1904 to 1910, the Tobacco Wars raged across America's heartland. An army of 10,000 anarchist "Night Riders" roamed cities and countrysides, setting fire to warehouses and barns, destroying millions of dollars of product, and torturing businessmen in front of their families.
The descendant of both a Night Rider and his victim, Rumford owns one of the largest private collections of Tobacco Wars primary documents in the United States. Since he was 6 years old, Rumford has wondered why more people don't know about the war's bloodshed and its permanent effects on the United States economy.
In Tobacco, Trusts, and Trump, Rumford cites nearly 300 sources to argue that the subjects of recent headlines—the TEA Party, Silicon Valley oligopolies, Occupy Wall Street protests, the Socialist rhetoric of Senator Bernie Sanders, outsourcing of blue collar careers, and the election of President Donald J. Trump—echo those of the Tobacco Wars era.
Part memoir, part history, and part warning, Tobacco, Trusts, and Trump shows how American history is not a series of unconnected events—it's a line of dominoes:
"Every historical event is both the cause of and result of some other event."
From Big Business monopolies that triggered financial recessions to the Populist and Progressive movements that enabled Big Government to strip Americans of numerous freedoms, the consequences of the Tobacco Wars could not be more relevant today.
Rumford is an entrepreneur, amateur historian, and CEO of Rumford Industrial Group. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, he grew up in Bracken County, Kentucky, and now resides in Dayton, Ohio. Read more at http://www.JamesCRumfordJr.com.
Read the first chapter of Tobacco, Trusts, and Trump at Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/