Cotton Kingdom Case Study

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This Mississippi Delta town has a proud place in blues history, for it's the unofficial capital of the Delta's northern "Cotton Kingdom," and that's where the blues were born. “Cotton Kingdom refers to the cotton-producing region of southern United States up until the Civil War. Its predominant feature was the employment of slaves”. “The Cotton Kingdom is also known as a Board that was an organization to oversee the organizations, research, marketing, and promoting the cotton textile industry mainly based in Lancashire and Glagow”. It existed from 1940, and as a statutory Industrial development Board from 1948 to 1972”. “Cotton Kingdom was cotton plantations expanding from South Carolina through Alabama and Mississippi to Texas”. “By 1850 the South had changed. Its…show more content…
“Another stumbling block was the lack of capital (money to invest in businesses) in the South. To develop industries required money, but many Southerners had their wealth invested in land and slaves. Planters would have had to sell slaves to raise the money to build factories.” As planters moved west with their slaves and planted more acres in cotton, they clamored for more field hands to work the red soils of Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama. “If any place embodied the “moonlight and magnolias” mythology of the Old South, it was Natchez, Mississippi. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, Natchez’s small size (only 4, 680 inhabitants in 1850) belied its economic importance, In 1838 Natchez-area growers sent forty thousand bales of cotton downriver to New Orleans”. The American South had one and only one cash crop, and crop of immense value that anyone could grow and make a profit on, and that was cotton.” Everyone in the South and everything in the South revolved around cotton. “It was immensely profitable and therefore it was worth the investment in slaves and

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