Today in History: Eli Whitney & The Cotton Gin Patent

This morning while reading  the “Today in History” section of the newspaper, we discovered Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin on March 14, 1794. Did you know the cotton gin only works on slick-seeded cotton seeds not the hairy-seeded cotton seeds? Our cotton plants produce the hairy-seeded variety, so the cotton is  separated by hand from the seed. We are still working on our cotton harvest  from last year and the previous year; it’s a tedious process.

If you are interested in Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin patent, click on the links below:

From the National Archives:
Teaching With Documents: Eli Whitney’s Patent for  the Cotton Gin
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/cotton-gin-patent/

The Cotton Gin Patent
http://inventors.about.com/od/cstartinventions/ss/patent_X72.htm

Hairy-Seeded Cotton Seed

Hairy-Seeded Cotton Seed

Slick-Seeded Cotton Seed

Slick-Seeded Cotton Seed

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