History of the cotton gin

By: Caleigh Bostian

Eli Whitney

was an American inventor best known for inventing the cotton gin. This was one of the key inventions of the Industrial Revolution and shaped the economy of the south.


  • The cotton gin was invented by Eli Whitney in 1794
  • The cotton gin was used to quickly remove the seeds from cotton bolls.
  • Cotton was widely avaliable during this time so the cotton gin was useful for producing cotton quickly.
  • The cotton gin created more cotton in an hour than what could be produced by multiple workers in a day.
  • This machine could remove seeds from 50 pounds of cotton in a single day.
  • The south became the cotton producing part of the country.
  • Cotton became the number one cash crop during this time because of the cotton gin.
  • The cotton gin affected the united states because it got the northern part of the united states to buy more cotton and build more textile mills and England built more textile mills and demand much more cotton.
  • This machine affected the southern part of the united states because it meant cotton could be produced plentifully and cheaply for domestic use and export. For the north this meant a steady supply of raw materials for their textile mills.
  • The cotton gin affected the production of clothes because cottonis used to make much of the clothhing we wear today and the cotton gin made it much eaiser for it to be produced, sold and made into clothes
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