Cotton is everywhere in our modern world, and it became a hugely important crop in the 19th century United States.
Cotton was a huge economic boon to the US, and much of that wealth was built on the backs of enslaved laborers. And cotton didn’t only benefit the states where slavery was legal.
While cotton was mainly grown in the southern states, much of that cotton was processed in northern textile mills.
Today we’ll learn about the growth of the cotton industry, who benefitted from it, and who was left out.