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Old October 2nd, 2010, 07:58 PM   #1
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Cotton In U.S. History

I have found a good source that explains the significance of cotton.


Basically, it says that cotton was important before hand. With the cotton gin, the cotton could be produced faster, making more money. So, I get the significance of that... but what else is there?

I am thinking that, possibly, slave trade lowered with this new invention. The lower slave trade meant slaves were either still doing plantations, or they were doing more personal stuff for their owner. Could some one point me towards some PRIMARY source relating to this idea?

Also, I know that cotton was not easy to pick. I have been searching for something about life on a cotton plantation? Well, any plantation at all. Again, could you please point me towards some PRIMARY source?

Please do not analyze it for me. If you point me towards an article, I can analyze it myself.

Finally, if you even have a website full of primary sources in GENERAL, please post it. I need to know where to find lots of primary sources for future homework.

For the link, just take out the " ' " and at a period before HTML.
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 09:10 PM   #2

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Re: Cotton In U.S. History

Here's a book you can get, published during the Civil War. First hand diary account


This from the Library of Congress...appears first hand primary:

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