King Cotton

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a popular personification of the great staple production of the southern United States.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in periodicals archive ? assumes "that northern finance made the Cotton Kingdom possible" because "northern factories required that cotton." The idea underlies recent books of a new King Cotton school of history: Walter Johnson's River of Dark Dreams (Harvard University Press), Sven Beckert's Empire of Cotton: A Global History (Knopf), and Edward Baptist's The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (Basic Books).
Back then, its political and economic importance in a global market reached such heights that it came to be known as "king cotton".
African slaves were imported to meet the intensive labor demands of King Cotton. Hancock details slaves' horrific treatment at the hands of their owners.
Cotton may have been king, but when the infamous boll weevil made its way to America, King Cotton almost lost its throne.
THEY said King Cotton was dead and buried, but he's alive and well and living in Tower Mill, Dukinfield.
In contrast to Central Asia's thirsty "king cotton", camelina is drought-resistant and immune to spring freezing, requires less fertilisers and herbicides, and can be used as a rotation crop with wheat, which would make it of particular interest in Kazakhstan, now Central Asia's major wheat exporter.
King Cotton in International Trade: The Political Economy of Dispute Resolution at the WTO
Separate episodes in slavery that are explained include the Atlantic Slave Trade, the Missouri Compromise, the Amistad Rebellion, and King Cotton. This book is heavily illustrated with primary source material, including photographs, print lithographs, political cartoons, and maps.
Nevertheless, I'm planting substantially more cotton in 2016 than 2015, and while "King Cotton" may no longer hold its throne, early indications for 2016 show that the crop still has a seat at Arkansas' agriculture table.
and Goldsmith's, and Gerber's and Bry's and numerous big hotels--the Chisca, the Tennessee, the Claridge, the King Cotton and the Peabody, which is the lone survivor to this day.
Founded in 2004 with the purchase of King Cotton and Circle B brand meats from Sara Lee Corporation, Monogram Foods is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn.
The rectangular-looking vicinage abuts the original Confederacy, sitting barely a stone's throw from King Cotton's dark, fertile motherland; accordingly, it naturally identifies with Deep South art, history, culture and cuisine.