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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