Phrase used to demonstrate importance of cotton to the South's economy
Phrase used to demonstrate importance of cotton to the South's economy. Cotton was their primary cash crop and slaves were used in farming the crop.
Southern politicians believed that cotton's economic and political power would be able to control the US to avoid war or bring aid if American politics turned ugly.
The South expected support during the Civil War from Britain, a major cotton importer, but Britain instead developed alternative sources of cotton within its empire. The South's dependence on cotton contributed to its economic weakness after the war.