Making Cotton King

Smith, Jeremy N.
July 2009
World Trade: WT100;Jul2009, Vol. 22 Issue 7, p82
Trade Publication
The article focuses on an automated cotton engine, also called cotton gin, that separates sticky weeds from fibers invented by Eli Whitney in the U.S. in 1793. Cotton production in the country increased from 1.5 million to 8.5 million pounds between 1790 and 1980 as a result of using the machine. Several historians suppose that slavery would have ended early in the 1800s if the engine was not invented. A patent for the cotton gin was received by the inventor on March 14, 1794.


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