Eli Whitney. The man who invented an invention that would change the Industrial Revolution of America. And serve to not only the relieve work of slaves, mainly in the south, but also invent an invention used throughout the world today. The Cotton Gin.
The Cotton Gin was an economic burst in the southern states during the Industrial Revolution. Not only did it relieve difficult labors from slaves, it also was less tiring and energy consuming. It made slaves work much, much easier. Where before the invention of the Cotton Gin by Eli Whitney, slaves would spend up to 20 hours per day harvesting and picking cotton. Injuries were very common when picking cotton, after 20 hours of cotton picking per day, slaves fingers were commonly bloodied, bruised, sore, and not wanting to move. Another way that cotton picking was a difficult labor, was the masters of the slaves would require their slaves to pick up to 200 pounds of cotton per day. That's a lot of cotton. The yearly average of cotton picked during a normal picking season is 13-15 bales of cotton. The southern states benefited the most by the invention. This being, 1st, the south had the most slaves, and 2nd, the south was basically the supply base of cotton picking. During this time period of the Industrial Revolution, the south made cotton into it's #1 cash crop, due to the invention's quick way of separating the cotton from it's seed's.
The Cotton Gin was created in 1793, by Eli Whitney. The Cotton Gin was a simple, however very helpful machine. First, cotton balls were inserted into the top of the machine, then the user, (which was usually slaves), would turn the handle, turning the cotton through the wire teeth, which combed out the seeds, finally the cotton would spill from the Cotton Gin.
The invention of the Cotton Gin was indeed one of the great inventions that influenced westward expansion. How the Cotton Gin did this? The Cotton Gin influenced westward expansion because, throughout the Industrial Revolution as factories grew, as well as textile manufacturing, cotton held a common role in manufacturing. Cotton was used for clothing, cloth, sheets, bedding, etc. All of these things were needed and used in westward expansion.