TITLE

INVENTING AND SELLING THE AMERICAN SYSTEM: THE DREADFUL PARADOX OF ELI WHITNEY'S COTTON GIN

AUTHOR(S)
Bourne, Russell
PUB. DATE
October 1996
SOURCE
Invention in America: With Images from the Library of Congress;1996, p35
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Book Chapter
ABSTRACT
This section focuses on the invention of the cotton gin by Eli Whitney in the U.S. in the late 1700s. Although he was morally affronted by the slavery system that underlay plantation life, Whitney rode into Georgia with the intention of reading law in the state. He discovered that the most pressing problem in the region was not legal but agricultural: how to develop a marketable crop; more specifically, how to make a machine that could pluck lint out of locally grown greed seed cotton. Whitney hoped by his invention to give the slaves some easement of drudgery.
ACCESSION #
18546681

 

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