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    Really interesting post.
    Some interesting points that rise questions.

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    A great post. You are rapidly becoming one of my favourite bloggers.

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    The (pleasant) problem with great and really interesting posts such as this one is, they take longer to read 🙂 Well, that’s because you tantalize with fascinating links and supply us with many insightful thoughts. I’m still reading up about it all.
    I had understood that there are actually few places in the US where tea can be reliably grown. Which is why I believed there were so few plantations. I know there are some tiny attempts in Oregon for example, and somewhere else on the West Coast? I don’t remember, we once wrote about it on Leafbox Tea, and I recall discovering some tiny, hidden gems.
    Anyway, while browsing around I found an interesting article on Tea Muse which you may have already seen. It quite “scandalously” speaks of the untimely deaths of several planters. I noticed that Smith and Forster each only lasted 5 years as tea growers before they perished. Not sure what of though.
    Interesting how working in “damp and hot” conditions was described as unhealthy. Of course plenty of people work under those conditions in other countries today too.
    The Tea Muse article also details how local tea quality would have to be top notch to make up for the high price of labor. http://www.teamuse.com/article_011201.html
    What’s also fascinating is that as you say, tea was found growing in the wild in Maryland and Pennsylvania. I didn’t know that and think it’s amazing. Whatever happened to the tea there? Are there any trees left at all? None that I’ve heard of.
    Reading up on Woodson was interesting. From Virginia, to Chicago, the Philippines, Harvard, DC, and many places in between, what a “mobile” life he led & what a mind he must have had! I’m still looking at his bio and what he achieved.
    I didn’t realize that the NAACP was founded 103 years ago, older than I thought. , I’m still reading through the links which of course always take me on to somewhere else. There is much to think about, and new things to learn.
    Thank you for this article! You always keep me even more busy than I already am…

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      Thank you all for your comments and thanks for reading. Jackie, the passing of both Dr. Alexis Forster and Dr Junis Smith was not as romantic as some of the stories I have read about earlier tea growing experiments in India. Dr. Forster met his demise when his buggy turned over as he attempted to flee a group of bandits. Dr. Smith was shot. Both situations seem somewhat suspect to me. Could it be they were on to something? Would make a great short story though.

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