Impact of the Cotton Gin

The power of 50

Before the Cotton Gin
It takes 1 day to clean a 1 pound of cotton; The south relies on slaves to pick and process cotton on huge plantations.  Eli Whitney invents the Cotton Gin in 1793

Mass production of clean cotton using a machine (Cotton Gin) transforms America and the world. The Cotton Gin MAKES SLAVERY PAY!!!!!

After the Cotton Gin

1 man can now process 50 pounds of cotton in a day.

By 1830 America produces 50% of the world’s cotton, by 1850 America produces 75% of the world’s cotton.

Each slave becomes 50 times more valuable

Southern states want to expand West and bring slavery with them.  This leads to the Compromise of 1850

 

 

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