For a fuzzy white fiber, cotton has played a starring role in history. It has created empires, launched at least one civil war, jumpstarted the Industrial Revolution and become the world's most ubiquitous fabric. Follow cotton's progress "from dirt to shirt", as they say in the textiles trade, and the lesser-known journey it makes into thousands of products, including gunpowder, cattle feed, plastics, photographic film, lipstick, and ice cream. Trace cotton's ancient origins and examine the many innovations in which cotton had a hand, like the cotton gin, which separated cotton from seed and also fueled both oppression and progress in America and England. And don't forget that evil critter, the boll weevil!