cottonocracy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

cotton +‎ -cracy

Noun[edit]

cottonocracy (plural not attested)

  1. (US, historical) A government dominated by the cotton industry, as in the United States prior to the Civil War.
    • 1840, Robert Owen, The New Moral World, volume 7, page 1027:
      The whole school argue political or national economy as a party question: it is Cottonocracy versus Cornocracy — the nation is to be crucified between them.
    • 1855, Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Nature and human nature, page 23:
      Make a question between our nation and England about fifty desarters[sic], and if the ministers of the day only dared to talk of fighting, the members of all the manufactoren[sic] towns in England, the cottonocracy of Great Britain, would desert too!
    • 1996, Bill Schwarz, The Expansion of England: Race, Ethnicity and Cultural History:
      The Lancashire cottonocracy was still waiting for El Dorado, and was quite prepared to believe that the opium trade was delaying its arrival.