Cotton is King!

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Title

Cotton is King!

Subject

Southern Economy

Description

This cartoon was created just before the start of the Civil War, but it demonstrates the Confederate states’ economic ideology. The south believed that Great Britain and France would bow down to them because those nations would need cotton for their industry, and therefore would turn their backs on the north for fear of hurting their own economies. This cartoon shaped U.S. foreign relations with France and Great Britain through the message it sent to Southerners in support of their cause.

Creator

Stimson & Co.

Source

Dartmouth College Library

Publisher

Gary E. Wait

Date

1861

Contributor

Dartmouth College Library Bulletin April 1997

Rights

Trustees of Dartmouth College

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Historical Cartoon

Citation

Stimson & Co., “Cotton is King!,” HST 325 - U.S. Foreign Relations to 1914 (MSU), accessed September 21, 2020, http://projects.leadr.msu.edu/usforeignrelations/items/show/66.