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APUSH Project: Cotton and the Expansion of Antebellum U.S.: Home

Rick Byrd

Slaves Picking Cotton

"Slaves Picking Cotton."  Library of Congress.  Facts on File, Inc.  American History Online.

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Feel free to contact a librarian for research or citation assistance. We are generally available in our offices for drop in help or scheduled appointments throughout the academic day.

Liesel Good
Office: CFL, Main Level

Karen McCarthy
Office: CFL, Main Level

Heather McCulley
Office: CFL, Upper Level

Pamela Nye
Office: CFL, Upper Level

Project Description

Your group will draw a state to study:  Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Alabama.  Your project will culminate in a 20-25 page term paper (not including maps and other visual exhibits.)  As with all research papers your final draft should have a well-argued, carefully documented thesis which includes thoughtful consideration of at least the following questions:

  • How did cotton play a role in your state's entry into the United States?
  • What was the pre-cotton ecology of your state?
  • What changes occurred as a result of cotton cultivation in your state?

Your thesis should present an argument which addresses the following question:  How did the changes cotton cultivation brought to your state shape the state's role in national politics between 1850 and 1860?  Be sure to read Mr. Byrd's Schoology link regarding how to approach a research project.

Librarians are here to help. Please email one of them to set up time to meet and discuss your research. Prior to meeting with them, it is expected that you will have used the library's catalog for find books on your topic and searched relevant databases for articles. Citation assistance is also available through drop in workshops during office hours. Workshop dates will be communicated to your class, it is highly recommended that you attend one!


Cotton Gin

"Cotton Gin." Library of Congress. Facts on File, Inc. American History Online.