Meaning of King Cotton

King' Cot'ton

Pronunciation: [key]
— U.S. Hist. U.S. Hist.
  1. cotton and cotton-growing considered, in the pre-Civil War South, as a vital commodity, the major factor not only in the economy but also in politics.
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