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1. Clark, V.S., History of Manufacture in the United States, McGraw Hill, NY 1929, Pg. 34.

2. Ibid.

3. Diaries of George Washington; Writings of George Washington, Letter to Dr. James Anderson, May 26, 1794, vol 33, p. 433, (U.S. govt. pub., 191); Letters to his caretaker, William Pearce, 1795 & 1796; Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson’s Farm Books; Abel, Ernest, Marijuana: The First 12,000 Years, Plenum Press, NY, 1980; M. Aldrich, et al.

hecklers combing hemp by hand

illustration from Jack Herer’s book

    “Throughout the winter and on into early spring, as days may be warm or the hemp dry, breaking continues. At each nightfall, cleaned and baled, it is hauled on wagon-beds or slides to the barns or hemphouses, where it is weighed for the work and the wages of the day.…Ah! Type too of our life, which also is earth-sown, earth-rooted; which must struggle upward, be cut down, rotted and broken, ere the separation take place between our dross and our worthăpoor perishable shard and immortal fibre…”

    In the 18th Century engraving above, “hecklers” are shown combing hemp by hand. breaking and combing hemp were considered to be some of the hardest work known to humanity. The quotation above is from The Reign of Law; a Tale of the Ketucky Hemp Fields. See the Appendix in the paper book for the rest of this best selling book of 1900.

Copyright© 1998 Jack Herer

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