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History of the United States
Why is the Cotton Gin so important?
Why was the cotton gin so important to westward expansion and slave life?
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The intervention of the cotton gin made the planting of cotton profitable what does the cotton gin do?
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Who benefited from the development of the cotton gin and why was it important to so many groups?
The Southern plantation owners benefited from the cotton gin the most. It used to be a full day's work for a slave to pick one pound of lint from three pounds of cotton, but thanks to the cotton gin, the process sped up considerably. In fact, you could even say that the cotton gin gave people one more reason to support slavery, since the invention made slavery so much more financially beneficial. The cotton gin was important to so many groups because cotton itself was important to so many groups: The South exported cotton to the North and to foreign nations, and the Northerners used it in their textile factories. The surplus of cotton helped spark the industrial revolution.