Cotton Kingdom in the South Comprehensive Unit: Interactive Slides, Student Questions, & Primary Source



Teach your students about the Cotton Kingdom in the South of the United States (also known as the Cotton Revolution or King Cotton) which transformed the South and the rest of the United States with this engaging PowerPoint (or Google Slides) presentation. This lesson will help students understand how economic influences changed the relationship of the South with the rest of the world and how it increased the demand for slavery which would ultimately lead to a civil war.

Additionally, there is a slide with a primary source. This presentation has a poster from the 1840s that the students should analyze. In the notes section of the PPT (and also in the included Guide Sheet), there are questions. The teacher can either print the questions and hand them to the students or just verbally ask them the questions. This divides the class up nicely (i.e., not just one long lecture, but an interactive activity in the middle).

This presentation works great for high school history classes including AP US History.

This is a useful PowerPoint (or Google Slides) you can use to present to your class or give to them to study on their own. The design is professional and with the right amount of words on each slide (i.e. NO death by PowerPoint). The content is very detailed in the notes, so if you are busy, you can simply open the slides in front of the class and read the notes (it is suggested you review the slides before class though). Furthermore, it includes a guide sheet that you can print and use when presenting. The information in the guide sheet and PPT notes include additional information that is not on the slides. This way, the teacher can add interesting little comments or data to each slide.

You can make changes to the PPT, if you deem it necessary. This presentation can be used in Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides (if you want to use Google Slides, just click the link on the provided file).

Content in PPT includes:

  • Tobacco in the South
  • Cotton in the South
  • Cotton Gin
  • Importance of Cotton
  • Petit Gulf Cotton
  • Cotton and Slavery
  • Southern Urban Class System
  • Slave Culture
  • Religion in the South
  • Nat Turner’s Rebellion
  • Honor in the South
  • and more!

This presentations touches on all of the above topics and adds more detail. Students will understand how the Cotton Boom influenced the institution of slavery and the relationship with the South and the North.

This PPT follows standard American history textbooks.

How to use this product:

  • Present the PowerPoint (or Google Slides) in the classroom; one slide includes an interactive activity for students to complete
  • Present the Google Slides via Zoom (if distance learning)
  • Present and discuss – while presenting, get students involved and create discussion questions that get students thinking like a historian and comparing historical events to current events. Some discussion questions are included in some of the slides.
  • Print presentation with notes and let students read the slides
  • Alternatively: have students view the slides, and they present the material in groups

Additional information

Grade Level

8th, 9th, 10th

Resource Types

Full Units, Homeschool, PowerPoints, Google Slides


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