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Teaching King Cotton

King Cotton

In the years before the Civil War, the people of the American South declared, “Cotton is King!” Why did they care so much about a plant that produced puffy white fibers? Those puffy white fibers made them millions of dollars, that’s why.

American Yawp
Stanford University Press

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

How did cotton become "king" in the South and what were the effects?
STANDARDS:
RH.2 - Main Ideas

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

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