The Reign of King Cotton. Chapter 18.1 Postwar Changes to Texas Farming. Main Idea:
Postwar Changes to Texas Farming
After the Civil War, life in Texas changed dramatically. Economic problems led to a return to the small family farm, and the freed slaves faced the problems of earning a living in conditions that were often unfair.
Traces of the economy and society that developed after the Civil War can still be seen in Texas today.
-2. Poorer renters started out with only their skills. The landowner furnished the equipment, seed, and other supplies.
Railroads Lead to Commercial Farming
To sell their crops, farmers needed a reliable and inexpensive way to transport goods. Railroads solved this problem. Soon, commercial farming became a major Texas Industry.
Without the development of railroads, Texas might never have become the agricultural leader it is today.
You are the owner of a railroad company. You and your crew have just completed the construction of the rail ways in Texas and are interested in selling off the extra land. Create a poster advertising this sale. You should include:
1. Your Railroad Company name and logo.
2. A sketch of the land you own and how it is divided up.
3. The price of each section.
(Remember, the better access it has to the railroad, the more it is worth.)
Be creative! Your money is at stake!
Cotton: The King of Texas Crops
The success of cotton production changed the face of Texas. It created a growth in industry and caused an entire culture to spring up around cotton farming.
Today, Texas produces about one-fourth of all cotton grown in the United States.
Commercial farming drew immigrants from the southern United States and from Europe.
One year’s profit typically was used to pay the debts of the year before.
You are an immigrant who has traveled to the BlacklandPrairie to become a cotton farmer. While many forecasted it to be a great growing season, you have run into more misfortunes than good. Write a letter to someone from your homeland.
You should include:
-- (You may choose what has happened.)
Be creative! Remember, your family is depending on you!