On March 14, 1794, Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin. This Ted Ed lesson explains what happened next.
Harpers’ Weekly: “The first cotton gin” Image: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division digital ID cph.3c03801.
The cotton gin helped spur demand for cotton and the enslaved labor needed to plant, harvest, and clean it.
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