When was the cotton boom?
In the late 1700's or early 1800's, as the invention of the cotton gin greatly increased the production and value of cotton. Sorry I can't be more specific of the date though. ^_^"
Slavery was actually going out before the invention of the cotton gin. However, with its invention, there was an increased need for manual labor to harvest the cotton, and thus slavery boomed again. The cotton boom, therefor, increased the economy and the upper class while re-instating a growth of slavery in the South.
Cotton was a prized crop in the American colonies and later in the United States. There was a worldwide demand for this crop and it was used to make all types of clothing. The US Southern climate was ideal for growing cotton and much of it was purchased by the Northern industrial US States and in England. The demand seemed to have no limits. When the cotton gin was invented in allowed for an easier…
With the production of the Cotton gin cotton production grew. The reason being that with the cotton Gin work for many slaves became work for one. Reducing the amount of people needed to pluck cotton, they had more slaves to put on other cotton gins. The faster and easier work for the slaves made cotton production to boom.
Slavery in the deep south exploded in size. There was a transition of labor from cleaning cotton to planting and harvesting cotton, because the Cotton Gin cleaned the cotton much faster than manual labor could. Ironicly, the cotton gin was invented by Eli Whitney, who was a northerner, in an attempt to end slavery. The opposite happened.
More cotton production meant that more workers were needed to work the fields, pick, and process the cotton. As the bales of cotton production grew so did the population of slaves. By 1860 there were 4 million slaves in the south over 100,000 bales were produced. A great percentage of the cotton was shipped to England.
Western Expansion, the southern cotton boom, the Missouri Compromise, the Dred Scott Decision, the Gabriel Plot were other contributing factors to the Civil War. With the invention of the cotton gin there was an explosion in American cotton production and cotton demand, thus the demand for more slave labor.