Industrial Revolution
Updated: 2/3/2020
Industrial Revolution
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  • This is Eli Whitney, the inventor of the cotton gin. Born on December 8, 1765, in Westborough, Massachusetts.
  • This is Eli Whitney (left) and Caroline Greene, some believe she invented the cotton gin and he patented it because at the time women could not.
  • When Whitney got to the plantation Greene and the plantation manager proposed him with a problem. The problem was that it took to long to remove the seeds from cotton.
  • Whitney planned to sell the manufactured gins to other farmers and charge them based on cotton produced by the gin, but many farmers didn't want to give up such a large percentage of money. They would then pirate the idea and even make improved versions of Whitney's original idea.
  • Whitney soon built a machine that effectively removed the seeds from the cotton, this machine was then named the cotton gin.
  • It worked by running cotton through a wooden drum embedded with a series of hooks that caught the fibers and dragged them through a mesh, leaving the cotton seedless in the end.
  • In 1794 he received the patent for his invention, he went on to form a cotton gin manufacturing company.
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