The Cotton Gin By Megan Brunner
History Early versions (Flat wood or stone; similar to matate. Dual roller design in India and China) Invented by Eli Whitney in 1793 Increased cotton production Plantations Flourished More slaves Civil War (King Cotton and interchangeable parts) Beginning of Industrial Revolution
Connection Advancement of machinery- demand for textile machinery and improved designs. (metal parts) Societal Impact- effects of slavery, industrial revolution, etc.
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