The correct answer is A) Virginia and North Carolina continued to devote themselves to the tobacco industry.
The entire South did not succumb to the mystique of cotton. Based on the statement, what is true is that Virginia and North Carolina continued to devote themselves to the tobacco industry.
With no doubt, cotton was the fascination for many farmers in the Southern states. They were dedicated to growing cotton and they did as much as they could. From 1810 to 1850, slavery was an important part of the economy of the Southern states. They depend so much on the labor force of slaves. But no all the states were fascinated with this “cotton fever.” Other Southern states were known for other products. That was the case of Virginia and North Carolina that continued to devote themselves to the tobacco industry. South Carolina focused on the sugar plantations that were a good business too. Others states, such as Kentucky were renown because they bred and sold horses.