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8 years ago
What was the purpose of the cotton gin, and why did it revolutionize the Southern economy?
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Out of Many: A History of the American People

Out of Many: A History of the American People


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The cotton gin, invented by Eli Whitney in 1794, automated the process of separating cotton fibers from seeds. This increased efficiency and productivity, transforming the Southern economy. Cotton became a dominant crop, fueling economic growth throughout the region. The Deep South played a major role in the global cotton market, with cotton exports becoming a vital source of revenue. Before the cotton gin, separating cotton fibers from seeds was labor-intensive and unprofitable. Whitney’s invention made processing cotton easier, resulting in greater availability and cheaper cloth
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