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Cotton Gin
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The machine that cursed the South to rely itself on the monocultural plantation system that would cause its downfall. The cotton gin reduced labor derived from the exhaustive manual removal of seeds from cotton bales, which was thought would make life easier for everyone. Instead, American cotton simply dominated World markets and caused the South to accelerate the expansion of plantations. Developed by Eli Whitney, who ironically also developed the interchangable rifle parts, thereby resulting in both the cause of the Civil War and the eventual end of the Civil War.
Sam Davis Home, Smyrna, Tennessee

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