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Gertrude's Reaper

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FC: The McCormick Reaper By Bethani Adamson Elizabeth Key & Sierra Brown

1: Cyrus McCormick was born in Rock Bridge County, Virginia Feb. 15th 1809. He died in Chicago May 13th 1884. Before his invention of the reaper, McCormick was a blacksmith with his father. The reaper was invented in 1831 and it was noisy and awkward. In 1848, McCormick moved his factory to Chicago because he thought production was going west.

2: be able to farm and adapt to their new surroundings. For most groups in the U.S., the reaper was a positive invention. Other groups it didn't effect. | In the 1800's, people were very simple. But they were always looking for something new. Something that would improve and expand and change America for the better. Because of this view that they needed to expand, many new inventions came about and much revolution (all good) came about. For Americans to succeed, they needed to | Through Their Eyes

3: Cause Cyrus wanted to invent the reaper to make farming easier. He said he wanted to "ease the burden" of the farming workload. His invention began a chain of reaction for future farming inventions. | And The people who did not support the reaper were few, but I'm sure workers who were paid whose work was no longer needed did not want their employers to purchase this invention that would put them out of work. This invention did the work of three men | Effect The reaper allowed farmers to more than double their crop and enable much more profit to be made. It also set off a reaction for more farming innovations

4: TURNING POINTS | The reaper gave families more time together, got them more profit, and gave them more food to eat and sell. Communities had food to share and the world gained a new tool that could make work easier. Because of the use of the reaper and the idea farming could be easier, it affected future farming inventions.

5: The reaper changed greatly after its invention. It got smaller and less noisy and awkward. It got to the point where it did much more than the the work of three men. It was still pulled by horses and it was still used to make farming a much easier task. Farmers have benefited very much from the reaper since it increased the amount of crops they could have. It helped those who live south and moved westward where the soil was good. Although it benefited many, some it did not.Like the New England colonies for example. The soil was rocky and bad for farming so they had no use for this invention. Instead, they helped with the industry for making the reapers. | Change and Continuity

6: Using the Past The reaper is quite similar to many crop harvesters used now although it isn't used today because it was run by horses. Again, it did the same things | The reaper is very different from many of the harvesters of nowadays because it was all man and horse power unlike the machinery of now. Now it is all mechanically run. | The reaper tells us about the history of the 1800's by telling us that the New World was beginning to industrialize and invent and create a name for themselves in the world.

7: The McCormick Reaper was a very influential piece of technology in the 1800's. THE END

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