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Stereoscope Card "Cotton is King, Plantation Scene, Georgia, USA" (1895)

Cotton is King was the economic justification for the South succeeding from the Union. King Cotton, as powerhouse commodity would carry the economy. They forgot that cotton was just a raw material dependent on fabrication generally in the North. This, being described as such in 1895 - three decades after The American Civil War ended - was a not so subtle reminder. Still, it must be noted, the labor conditions did not improve vastly in the South. It was not until the 1920s that a machine effectively replaced hands for the harvest of the prickly crop.  Translated into six languages on the reverse: French, German, Spanish, Swedish, and Russian.  Very good condition, limited foxing. It measures 7 x 3.5 inches and weighs about 1/4 oz. Published by Strohmeyer & Wyman, NYC, 1895.


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