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How did the invention of the cotton gin impact the south?

This question is part of History Ch. 18 and 19 Quiz
Asked by MsLura, Last updated: Apr 02, 2020

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Answered Sep 10, 2018

Cotton became the South s most important crop.

The Impact of the Cotton Gin Whitneys cotton engine, called the cotton gin for short, was a simple machine that used rotating combs to separate cotton fiber from its seeds. Using a cotton gin, a single worker could clean as much cotton as 50 laborers working manually, or by hand. Across the South, planters began growing cotton. Within ten years, cotton was the Souths most important crop. By 1860, sales of cotton overseas earned more than all other U.S. exports combined.
 

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