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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


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


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