In the years of the Texas Republic and early Texas statehood, cotton was the most important cash crop grown in the state. Chapter 13 introduces you to the farmers who cultivated this important crop. In this activity, you will learn more about cotton farming in antebellum Texas. "Antebellum" means "before the Civil War."
Destination Title: The Handbook of Texas Online
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Start at The Handbook of Texas Online Web site.
- Scroll down and click on A under "Alphabetical Listing of Articles."
- Scroll down the long list of items until you come to "Antebellum Texas." Click on it.
- Scroll down to the 12th paragraph, which begins "The expansion of slavery correlated closely with soaring cotton production . . ." Read this paragraph and the five paragraphs that follow it.
After you have read through the information, answer the following questions.