Eli Whitney and the Cotton Gin1793 By Nathan Hyre Period 5
Facts about Eli Whitney • Whitney was born in Westboro, Massachusetts on December 8, 1765. • He died on January 8, 1825. • Whitney attended Yale university and he graduated in 1792. • He created the Cotton Gin a year after graduating from college.
The Cotton Gin • The Cotton Gin is a machine that automated the separation of cotton seed from the short staple cotton fiber. • It could generate up to Fifty pounds of clean cotton daily, and was considered one of the best inventions of its time.
Eli Whitney’s Business Failures • Although Whitney was the creator of the first Cotton Gin he was unable to patent his original design. • Because of this, he could not prevent others from building similar machines, and copies of the Cotton Gin sprang up all over the U.S. • Whitney also was unable to earn any money off the Cotton Gin.
Effects of the Cotton Gin • The Cotton Gin revolutionized the cotton industry. • Before it farming cotton required hundreds of hours of human labor. • After the Cotton Gin a lot less slaves were needed in the South to farm cotton. • In turn the Cotton Gin helped rid of slavery in the United States.