Economics of Slavery, the Cotton Industry, and the Panic of 1837

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Students analyze primary sources to investigate how market forces impacted the supply and demand for cotton in the early 1800s, the relation of the cotton industry to slavery and the economic and political factors that contributed to the Panic of 1837. Next, students summarize the learning in the form of an essay or poster. After, they identify a current issue where a group is exploited for the gain of others and create an action list to increase awareness of this issue.

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High School


Civics, Social Studies


160-250 minutes


cotton, economics, industry, panic 1837, slavery


TPS Eastern Region

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