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King Cotton

noun, U.S. History.
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.
Origin of King Cotton
1850-1855
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55
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