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S: The Cotton Gin!

FC: The Cotton Gin

1: By Justine Stoltz and Ingrid Matison!

2: The Cotton Gin was invented in 1793 by Eli Whitney.

3: This machine removed seeds from the cotton fiber and made cleaning the cotton 50 times faster.

4: Through Their Eyes How did the people in the 1800's view their world? People viewed the United States as a land of opportunity. They saw it as a place to do whatever you wanted to succeed.

5: How did their world view affect their choices and actions? Their world view affected their choices because they didn't think that anything they did as a country could affect others so greatly at times and they started to do what was good for America, the land of opportunity.

6: What values, skills, and forms of knowledge did people need to succeed in the 1800's? People needed to know how to start and run a business efficiently because our country was still growing. They also needed to know how to communicate well with everyone.

7: How did all groups in the U.S. view the invention of the cotton gin? Whites thought it was a good, fast way to get a lot of cotton. The blacks had a hard time getting their freedom because of the increased work from the cotton gin.

8: This is a basic cotton gin.

9: And this is some cotton!

10: Turning Points How did the use of the cotton gin significantly transform people's lives, communities, and the world? The cotton gin transformed lives, communities and the world by making Southern life dependent on the use of the cotton gin and slave labor. America's most important by 1815 was cotton. After 10 years of the use of the cotton gin, value of crops went from $150,000 to over $8 million.

11: How did the use of the cotton gin affect future choices in the U.S.? The use of the cotton gin affected future choices by using more slaves to do other work because it worked for them with the cotton gin. It also helped inventors learn what they could make because of the influence Eli Whitney made of them.

12: Change and Continuity What has changed with the cotton gin since it was invented? Since it was invented in 1793, the cotton gin has gotten bigger and is made with different materials, such as metal and plastic instead of the original wood and metal. It is more complicated and efficient than when it was invented. It has many more parts than it used to, such as a "more press" and a "drying tower". Although the cotton gin still accomplishes the same task, its entire appearance has changed.

13: What has remained the same since the cotton gin was invented? Although the look and process of the cotton gin have changed, the overall purpose of the cotton gin has remained the same. It still separates seeds from the cotton that is being processed.

14: Who has not benefited from the invention of the cotton gin? Why? The slaves did not benefit from the invention of the cotton gin because more cotton was processed now that it was easier. This led to more slaves being hired.

15: Who has benefited from the cotton gin since it was invented? Everybody but the slaves benefited from the invention of the cotton gin. Cotton was abundant, so it was cheaper for the consumers. The farmers sold more cotton because it was easier to process. It also cost less for the farmers to do this.

18: Cause and Effect What caused the cotton gin to be invented? The cotton gin was invented because Catharine Greene asked Eli Whitney to invent a machine to process cotton faster than just manually. Eli Whitney realized that the machine would make the South flourish in the cotton industry.

19: Who invented the cotton gin? Why? Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin when Catharine Greene asked him to create a machine to speed the seed- removing process for cotton. He saw his invention as a way to make money easily, because every cotton processing place would need to have them once they were invented.

20: Who did not support the cotton gin to be invented? Native Americans and slaves did not support the cotton gin to be invented. Because of the cotton gin, land was taken away from the natives to plant more cotton. As more cotton was grown, the owners needed more workers to harvest and process the cotton. Therefore, they were unhappy because they could no longer be free.

21: What were the effects of the cotton gin? The cotton gin made cotton processing easier and faster than before. Land was taken from Native Americans and more slaves were bought to produce more and more cotton.

24: Using the Past How is the cotton gin similar to something today? The cotton gin is similar to the current day cotton harvester. The harvester includes what the cotton gin used to do and combines it with other machines to make a much more efficient machine.

25: How is the cotton gin different than something today? The cotton gin is different from anything that is not necessary today. The cotton gin was a mandatory item for day to day life, as it was used to make clothing and supported many jobs. The cotton gin was an extremely influential invention.

26: How does the invention of the cotton gin tell us about the history of the 1800's? The invention of the cotton gin tells us that cotton was a very important industry during the 1800's. The fact that the cotton gin revived slavery, created jobs, and sped up the cotton processing by fifty times means that it was especially important. The invention tells us that without the cotton gin, life in the 1800's would have been very different than it turned out to be, and that cotton was important to everyone.

29: Look at these uses of cotton!

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