Unit 6 – The New South


SS8H8 – The student will analyze the important events that occurred after World War I and their impact on Georgia



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SS8H8 – The student will analyze the important events that occurred after World War I and their impact on Georgia.



    1. Describe the impact of the boll weevil and drought on Georgia.




    1. Explain economic factors that resulted in the Great Depression.



      • Before Georgia’s cotton farmers began to diversify and move away from their heavy dependence upon cotton, Georgia agriculture was devastated by a destructive insect, the boll weevil, that destroyed Georgia’s cotton crop. From 1915 to 1923, Georgia’s cotton crop dropped from 1.75 million bales a year to 600,000 bales a year, a decrease of about 66%.



      • From 1924 to 1925, Georgia was struck by a severe drought, receiving the lowest amounts of annual rainfall in recorded history. 1925 was so bad, it was called “the year you could walk across the Chattahoochee.”


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