Cotton Gin

Eli Whitney

Influenced society

  • It made cotton a more pliable crop for the Southern US
  • Created an economic boom.
  • Cotton became less expensive to produce and harvest.
  • A by-product of the cotton gin was the expansion of slavery through the region, as laborers were needed to plant and harvest cotton.

Contribution to the Industrial Revolution

  • This made it easier to clean cotton.
  • People made more money on it and could produce it faster.
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