FC: The Cotton Gin By: McKinley Hain Sara Smokrovich
1: The cotton gin was a very revolutionary invention. It was invented by a Massachusetts man named Eli Whitney. While working on a Georgia plantation, Eli Whitney thought to make a item that would separate the seeds from the cotton fiber. He came up with this idea when he saw the slaves working very hard trying to fulfill the task.
2: Through their eyes How did people in the 1800's view their world? They had just gotten a lot of land and were moving westward in a manufacturing economy. How did their world view affect their choices and actions? They would explore and try to find new ways to live and new crops to grow.
3: What values, skills, and forms of knowledge did people need to succeed in the 1800's? They needed to know how to farm, to get food, build to have shelter. Different types of curing process and ways to prevent disease and sickness. How did all groups of people in the U.S. view the invention of the cotton gin? They viewed it as a money maker. Farmers could produce more cotton in less amount of time, and textile factories were getting more cotton. Although all these people liked it, the slaves didn't because more slaves were forced to work.
4: Cause and Effect What caused the cotton gin to be invented? Eli saw many slaves having trouble separating seeds from the cotton fibers and was inspired to make a machine to fix this problem. Who invented the cotton gin? Eli Whitney Who did not support the cotton gin to be invented? Slaves, because the slave owners depended on them more than before.
5: What were the effects of the cotton gin? 1) More cotton was able to be planted because they had a faster process to harvest it. 2) The northern part bought more cotton for textile mill, so they made more money. 3) Cotton became a cash crop by 1860.
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7: How did the use of the cotton gin significantly transform people's lines, communities, and the world? It made for a faster production of items that needed cotton. It also brought more money into the community. | How did the use of the cotton gin affect future choices in the U.S.? It made the U.S. people open more textile mills. And farmers planted more cotton.
8: Change and Continuity | What has changed with the cotton gin since it was invented? Modern day cotton gins work with the same basic concept that Eli Whitney created. Although some additional things have been added over the years. They now can dry the cotton, moisturize it, sort it, clean it, and bail it into bundles which makes the cotton completely ready for sale. The cotton gin know also has electric power and high velocity air blasting so they are able to produce 15 tons of clean cotton per hour. What has remained the same with the cotton gin since it was invented? Modern day cotton gin have basically the same concept Eli Whitney's design had except they added a few additional things to the design.
9: Who has benefited from the cotton gin since it was invented and why? Farmers got more money, textile companies got more cotton, and people had more clothing or other cotton products to choose from. Who has not benefited from the cotton gin since it was invented and why? Slave because after the cotton gin was invented more slaves were needed to work.
10: Using the past How is the cotton gin similar to something today? Farmers use a new form of the cotton gin. It is the same concept, just modified from its original version to be more advanced today.
11: How does the invention of the cotton gin tell us about the history of the 1800's? It told us that farming was the main way of living. It gave us food, clothing, and money.