Traveling Trunks: Cotton

Traveling Trunks: Cotton

Cotton – Geared towards Elementary and Middle School

Explore how Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin served as a catalyst for changes in the way cotton was manufactured in the United States. Through an investigation with primary sources, raw cotton bolls, and hand carders, students will examine cotton production and its role in the Industrial Revolution.

The fee for each trunk is $25.00. School districts may pay this $25.00 fee by check. An invoice will be issued to the contact name and school listed on the reservation. The invoice should be paid before the trunk is shipped and within 30 days of receipt. 

 Included in this trunk:

  • TSLA Primary Sources
  • Pair of Cotton Hand Carders
  • Raw Cotton Bolls
  • Book: Up Before Daybreak: Cotton and People in America by Deborah Hopkinson
  • Book: Eli Whitney and the Cotton Gin by Jessica Gunderson
  • Book:  Cotton Now and Then: Fabric Making from Boll to Bolt by Karen Bates Willing
  • Book: Working Cotton by Sherley Anne Williams
  • Teacher’s guide
  • Copies of student worksheets and paragraphs

Traveling Trunks: Cotton Calendar

Request for World War II Traveling Trunk

Click here to access request form for reserving the World War II Traveling Trunk from the Tennessee State Library and Archives