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People/Characters: Eli Whitney

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The Age of Invention: A Chronicle of Mechanical Conquest by Holland Thompson
April 1865: The Month That Saved America by Jay Winik
Before the Civil War by Academic Industries
Brother Against Brother: The War Begins by William C. Davis
Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell
The Civil War: An Illustrated History by Geoffrey C. Ward
Eli Whitney (Discover the Life of an Inventor) by Ann Gaines
Eli Whitney (Full-Color First Books) by Judy Alter
Eli Whitney (Giants of Science) by Kaye Patchett
Eli Whitney (Inventores Famosos (PB)) (Spanish Edition) by Ann Gaines
Eli Whitney (Profiles in American History) by Karen Bush Gibson
Eli Whitney and the birth of American technology by Constance McL. Green
Eli Whitney and the Cotton Gin (Graphic Library: Inventions and Discovery) by Jessica Gunderson
Eli Whitney: American Inventor (Let Freedom Ring: The New Nation Biographies) by Katie Bagley
Eli Whitney: Boy Mechanic by Dorothea J. Snow
Eli Whitney: Great Inventor by Jean Lee Latham
Eli Whitney: The Cotton Gin and American Manufacturing by Regan A. Huff
The Inventions of Eli Whitney: The Cotton Gin (Reading Power: 19th Century American Inventors) by Holly Cefrey
The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave's Journey from Bondage to Freedom by David F. Walker
Maker of Machines: A Story About Eli Whitney (Creative Minds Biography) by Barbara Mitchell
The Robber Barons and the Sherman Antitrust Act: Reshaping American Business (Milestones in American History) by Tim McNeese
The Story of Eli Whitney by Jean Lee Latham

Character description

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.[1] 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.

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