How it Worked: Video
**The video shows details about the hand-cleaning of the cotton and it also shows things about the Cotton Gin!**
- Cotton plants contained seeds that were difficult to separate from the soft fibers.
- Most of the cotton farmers were forced to grow the more labor-intensive short staple cotton.
- The short staple cotton had to be cleaned by hand, one plant at a time.
- The average cotton picker could remove the seeds from only about one pound of short-staple cotton per day.