from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A government by the cotton industry as in pre-Civil War South.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Those planters, merchants, and manufacturers, collectively, who control the cotton trade; especially, in United States history, before the civil war, the cotton-planting interest in the slave States.
cotton + -cracy (Wiktionary)