Wikis For Teachers



This site was created by Mitchell C., for Mr.Kellner's 6th grade history class. I choose to create a wiki site on SOL USI.7c:
The cotton gin was invented by who? Eli Whitney

Eli Whitney was the inventor of the cotton gin which massed produced cotton. Whitney was born in Westboro, Massachusetts on December 8, 1765 and died on January 8, 1825. Whitney designed and constructed the cotton gin, a machine that automated the separation of cottonseed from the short-staple cotton fiber. Before Whitney's Cotton Gin, farming cotton required hundreds of man-hours to separate the cottonseed from the raw cotton fibers. Eli Whitney's invention automated the seed separation process. His machine could generate up to fifty pounds of cleaned cotton daily, making cotton production profitable for the southern states. The sad thing about the Cotton Gin was that instead of decreasing slavery, it increased it because it increased cotton production which resulted in an increase demand for more slaves. More slaves and more money meant that the South was becoming more powerful which further divided and threatened the North. This was just one of the many factors leading to the Civil War.

  1. Mitchell C.'s helpful links • here you will find 5 sites that I used to research and 5 other student made wiki sites that have similar topics to mine.
  2. Mitchell C.'s movie • here you will find a scene from an United Streaming Video that pertains to my topic.
  3. Picture Page • here you will see three images I chose with explanations and work cited.
  4. Mitchell's Google Earth • Here you will find a download that will open up in your google earth program/
  5. Below is my embedded powerpoint •

6. Below you will find my podcast about Eli Whitney's Cotton Gin -