From the late 1800s to the 1930s, the king cash crop of the South was cotton! Focusing on the "boom" period of cotton when much of the planting, picking, and processing of cotton was done by hand. Your students will learn the importance of cotton in the times before & after the Civil War including how plants grow, how the cotton gin effected the industry, the work of sharecroppers, and the economy firsthand. This trunk also introduces students to the importance of quilts in the lives of Texans, past and present. Students will develop knowledge of and appreciation for the function of quilts, quilt making as an art form, and the historic importance of quilts to early Texas families. The trunk features background information on cotton agriculture and the culture of quilting, TEKS based lesson plans, books, and engaging artifacts.