Eli Whitney

Eli Whitney

Eli Whitney

Eli Whitney (December 8, 1765 – January 8, 1825) was an American inventor best known for inventing the cotton gin. This was one of the key inventions of the Industrial Revolution and shaped the economy of the Antebellum South.Whitney’s invention made upland short cotton into a profitable crop, which strengthened the economic foundation of slavery in the United States. Despite the social and economic impact of his invention, Whitney lost many profits in legal battles over patent infringement for the cotton gin. Thereafter, he turned his attention into securing contracts with the government in the manufacture of muskets for the newly formed United States Army. He continued making arms and inventing until his death in 1825. Wikipedia

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Eli Whitney's workshop catches fireEli Whitney's workshop catches fire Mon, Mar 23, 1795 – 2 · Spooner's Vermont Journal (Windsor, Vermont) · Newspapers.comAn act to carry into effect a contract between North Carolina and Eli Whitney for cotton gin patentAn act to carry into effect a contract between North Carolina and Eli Whitney for cotton gin patent Tue, Jan 11, 1803 – Page 1 · Weekly Raleigh Register (Raleigh, North Carolina) · Newspapers.comNorth Carolina committee is convinced that Eli Whitney is the original inventor of the cotton ginNorth Carolina committee is convinced that Eli Whitney is the original inventor of the cotton gin Mon, Dec 5, 1803 – Page 3 · Weekly Raleigh Register (Raleigh, North Carolina) · Newspapers.comCotton gin described in 1814 as the Cotton gin described in 1814 as the "machine which in the greatest degree saves labour" Fri, Dec 9, 1814 – Page 4 · The Raleigh Minerva (Raleigh, North Carolina) · Newspapers.comEli Whitney endorses razor strap product in adEli Whitney endorses razor strap product in ad Tue, Apr 9, 1822 – 4 · Vermont Gazette (Bennington, Vermont) · Newspapers.comObituary: Eli Whitney dies at age 59Obituary: Eli Whitney dies at age 59 Wed, Jan 12, 1825 – Page 2 · The Evening Post (New York, New York) · Newspapers.comArticle says Eli Whitney and the cotton gin Article says Eli Whitney and the cotton gin "opened a source of wealth to the Union" Tue, Apr 5, 1825 – Page 3 · Western Carolinian (Salisbury, North Carolina) · Newspapers.com"Eli Whitney Gun Factory" by William Giles Munson, painted 1827 Sun, Apr 16, 2017 – B3 · Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut) · Newspapers.comSummary of Eli Whitney and the cotton gin written in 1865 (begins halfway down column)Summary of Eli Whitney and the cotton gin written in 1865 (begins halfway down column) Sun, Mar 19, 1865 – Page 2 · The Daily Kansas Tribune (Lawrence, Kansas) · Newspapers.comA perspective on the effect of the cotton gin from 1890A perspective on the effect of the cotton gin from 1890 Sat, Dec 13, 1890 – Page 3 · St. Landry Clarion (Opelousas, Louisiana) · Newspapers.com1894 article and letter exploring whether Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin1894 article and letter exploring whether Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin Thu, Jul 5, 1894 – 3 · The Choctaw Herald (Butler, Alabama) · Newspapers.comOpinion: Opinion: "No tribute ever paid to the memory of Eli Whitney" (1908) Mon, Apr 6, 1908 – 11 · Evening Star (Washington, District of Columbia) · Newspapers.comSouth Carolina article proposing Eli Whitney stole idea for cotton gin, 1940South Carolina article proposing Eli Whitney stole idea for cotton gin, 1940 Fri, Mar 15, 1940 – Page 2 · The Ithaca Journal (Ithaca, New York) · Newspapers.comColumnist writes that the cotton gin stopped Black education for 50 yearsColumnist writes that the cotton gin stopped Black education for 50 years Sat, May 28, 1955 – Page 10 · The New York Age (New York, New York) · Newspapers.com"Eli Whitney: Savior--and Nemesis--of the South," written in 1959 Sat, Apr 18, 1959 – 4 · The Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wisconsin) · Newspapers.comRetrospective on Eli Whitney and his inventionsRetrospective on Eli Whitney and his inventions Sun, Dec 28, 2014 – W4 · Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut) · Newspapers.comColumnist writes that Columnist writes that "Eli Whitney's cotton gin led to a big jump in slavery" Sat, Mar 19, 2016 – A6 · The Herald-Palladium (Saint Joseph, Michigan) · Newspapers.com
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