Definition: Inventor of
the cotton gin (1793) and later the process of mass
production (1798). This process was used to make rifles. The
cotton gin was a hugely successful invention because people
didn't have to separate cotton by hand anymore. It also
meant that the cotton fiber made from the lint could be
produced much faster than ever before. This made cotton into
a huge cash crop. However, so many people made their own
cotton gins that Whitney made very little money off
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