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5 Inventions

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Sarah Ford

on 10 March 2015

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Cotton Gin
5 Inventions
The cotton gin is a machine for separating cotton from its seeds. First, the cotton bolls were put into the top of the machine. Next, you turn the handle, which turns the cotton through the wire teeth that combs out the seeds. Then the cotton is pulled out of the wire teeth and out of the cotton gin.

What is it? How does it work?
Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin. He wanted to reduce the labor of removing the seeds.
Who made it? Why was it made?
The cotton gin reduced the labor of having to remove the seeds. Little did Eli Whitney know that his great invention would cause an increase in slavery. The farmers needed more slaves to pick even more cotton.
Did it solve a problem? Was it an accident?
It has been updated in many ways. The cotton gin is definitely a very helpful tool that is still used to this day by farmers but is very modified and more sophisticated now.
Has it been updated or is it still in use?

Can i buy one today? If so how much?

According to "http://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/cool-things-cotton-gin/10190", a cotton gin was sold for $1,000.
How has it impacted our lives?

The cotton gin increased slavery by a lot. With the revolutionary invention of the cotton gin, came the increased farming of cotton in which more slaves were needed.
HOW DOES IT IMPACT Socially, Politically, Economically.

Socially: It increased the number of slaves that were needed.
Politically: It made things worse between the North and South due to the need for more slavery which didn't help the Civil War that had yet to come.
Economically: With more slaves, and increase production of cotton, profits increased.
How would life be without this product??

Life without the cotton gin would be uncomfortable, itchy, and sweaty clothes could costs way more and slavery could have possibly died out on it's own, had it not been for the cotton gin stirring it up.
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