The Cotton Gin

"The Game Changer"

Invented By:

Eli Whitney

When? : 1793

What Did the Cotton Gin do?

It made it possible to extract seeds from cotton fiber at a rate of 50lbs per day, opposed to 1lb per day by hand.

What does the Cotton Gin look like?

Where did the cottin gin have the most impact?

South- Cotton production rose.
1793- 10,000 bales
1801- 100,000 bales
1820- 400,000 bales

How did the cotton gin change american life in the 1800's?

The cotton gin made slavery a vital southern institution because growing cotton was labor intensive.

Why is the cotton gin important enough to be in the history book?

The cotton gin made cotton a profitable crop and the mainstay of the southern economy.