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Cotton Gin

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Gioele G

on 22 March 2013

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Transcript of Cotton Gin

Social and Political Consequences There are a lot of negative consequences of the cotton gin one being that a lot of cotton workers lost there job as a lot of the work was now mechanical and done by machines so not as much labor was needed also cotton production was so profitable the demand had risen over the years, which made slaves more appealing and led to a quite a big social consequence. Regarding political consequences there were far less and not as major but still relatively bad. With all this new land and slaves being purchases the south became a cotton empire not to mention production was aided as the western frontier opened and the north's industrial advancement. Impacted Industry The cotton gin short for cotton engine greatly affected the cotton industry as it made the separation of cotton seeds a lot more effective by generating up to 50 pounds of clean cotton day. This made the production of cotton very profitable for southern states but encouraged slavery, which is one of the more negative effects of the cotton gin. The invention also affected other industries like the tobacco industry. The tobacco industry was affected the worst as tobacco fell in value when the cotton industry started succeeding but on the other hand the sugar industry was thriving and the rice industry stayed relatively steady.
What it is and How it works The cotton gin was invented in 1793 by American inventor Eli Whitney. It is a machine that separates the cotton fibers from the seeds. This allows for much greater efficiency than manually removing the fibers. The cotton fibers were later processed into cotton goods. The cotton gin worked by putting the cotton balls on top of the machine. Next the handle was turned and the cotton was turned through the wire teeth, which would comb out the seeds. Finally the cotton is pulled out of the wire teeth. Economical and Environmental Consequences An example of an economical consequence that was brought by the cotton gin was that it really increased slavery, but due to the cotton gin slavery was starting to get out of hand and it was slowly starting to separate the country in two. Another economical consequence is that many industries were impacted. As mentioned in the impacted industries section a lot of them were either succeeding due to the cotton gin or they were failing i.e. the tobacco industry.An environmental impact of the cotton gin was that is made cotton the country's number one export and for that they needed bigger and more cotton field. Ethical Consequences What could be considered as an ethical consequence could be the fact that the amount of slavery increased drastically after the cotton gin was invented, and that there were more fields needed which was the main reason for the increase of slavery. Positive and Negative Effects The cotton gin was a major part of the industrial revolution and had many positive effects but also many negative effects. Some of the more positive effects were that the less labor was needed since the cotton gin could produce as much cotton a day as a full team of workers (about 50 pounds of clean cotton), this also meant that less specialized workers could be hired for this job. The negative effects were on a bigger scale than the positive effects. This was because as soon as the cotton gin was used, the job was more effective and profitable, this led planters to become greedy and to having the need for bigger land. More slaves became more demanding aswell. To conclude the cotton gin was a good invention but unfortunately it was misused and led to bad demands like the bigger land, which led to the growth of slavery By Gioele and Lucas Cotton Gin (1793) Brief Biography Eli Whitney was an american inventor born in westbrough, Masachusets. It was december 8, 1765 when he was born. He was born in a rural area where they didn't really have any machinery, which made Eli have an affinity for machine work and technology. What inspired the Inventor Eli went to Yale university studying law after university he found himself short on money, which made him take a great offer as a tutor to go south. On his way he was told that there was only going to be half of the pay as promised so he chose to go along with a woman called Catherine Greene. At Mrs. Greenes farm Eli noticed how it would take so long to manually separate the seeds from the cotton so he decided to invent a new and easy way to separate the cotton seeds much faster. Difficulties Faced Eli Whitney went through some difficulties getting the machine to be granted and validated for its production. It took thirteen years for the machine to be validated. After that he didn't have anymore serious problems. Sources http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli_Whitney
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