Last Auction

For more than 100 years Mullins was the major tobacco market for South Carolina. Since 1997 the tobacco allotment has been cut in half, textile manufacturers have moved away and Mullins, a town of 5000 has lost more than 1200 jobs. The Last Auction explores how this small rural town is working to reinvent itself after the crippling loss of its economic base.

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Last Auction - Credits
Last Auction - Credits

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For more than 100 years Mullins was the major tobacco market for South Carolina. Since 1997 the tobacco allotment has been cut in half, textile manufacturers have moved away and Mullins, a town of...
The Last Auction, Part 1 - Introduction
The Last Auction, Part 1 - Introduction

Video

The Last Auction: Part 1, Introduction Tobacco has a long and important history in South Carolina's Pee Dee region. During the 1890s, South Carolina tobacco production went from 200,000 pounds per...
The Last Auction, Part 3 -  Mullins Then
The Last Auction, Part 3 - Mullins Then

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The video, "Mullins Then" provides a look at Mullins in its best times. The Mullins community began when farming families settled here in the 1600s, The City of Mullins was formally established in...
The Last Auction, Part 5 - Replacing Tobacco
The Last Auction, Part 5 - Replacing Tobacco

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A look at the struggle to find crops to replace tobacco. Some farmers have substituted cattle, corn, beans and other vegetables for tobacco, but the profits are not what they were with tobacco.
The Last Auction, Part 8 - Changes in Farming
The Last Auction, Part 8 - Changes in Farming

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Looking at the transition from hand-held farming to the advent of machines. In the past, tobacco was a labor-intensive crop. People handled every leaf throughout the growing, harvesting and curing...