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Using the State Curriculum: Social Studies, Grade 8

Political Science | Peoples of the Nation and World | Geography | Economics | History | Social Studies Skills and Processes

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Standard 5.0 History

Topic C. Conflict between Ideas and Institutions

Indicator 3. Analyze the influence of industrialization and technological developments on society in the United States before 1877

Objective b. Explain how the cotton gin and the opening of new lands in the South and West impacted the institution of slavery

Resource Links
Very detailed essay about the role of cotton in the growth of slavery
Series of interactive maps that show the connection between cotton and slavery
Official Web site of the Eli Whitney Museum in Connecticut. Contains brief biography of Whitney the inventor
Essay on the growth and entrenchment of slavery as a result of cotton
Enslaved African American Charles Ball’s narrative that links the rise of cotton to the increased profitability of slavery
Modern day description of various cotton varieties, including long-staple and short-staple (upland) cotton.
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