why was cotton production important in the industrial revolution in America?

I gotta write a research paper bout this. plz help me. i still have time to change it and i think ‘why was slavery an important part in the industrial revolution?’ has more options.
i would like some more information on the subject and your opinions on my possible new one.

I would say that what was important was the invention of the "cotton gin", by Eli Whitney. The machine allowed mass proccessing of the cotton. This allowed for higher export to foreign soil.

As far as slavery, cotton was grown in the southern climates, and because the machinery allowed for faster processing, the "supply and demand" theory kicks in. The "slaves" picked the cotton, which has to be picked within a certain time period.

To focus on slavery, you will have to focus beyond the official ending of it, because not all slaves fled the south and the way it was percieved was shifted. African-Americans worked for, room and board, sharecropping, etc.

The focus on cotton itself will lay heavy on machinery, like the cotton gin, railroad expansion, riverboats… things powered by steam and later electricity.

The slavery issue will be more humanitarian, social issue.
So, you can either focus on the machines of the industrial revolution, (which some were invented by African-Americans, and would bring in a positive focus of their freedom), and where they were located, which was by water: rivers, lakes, streams, etc; or just the social, humanitarian issues of how African-Americans were treated, before and after the civil war.

In my opinion, the reasons why cotton production was important could tie in a positive of the great strife that America and it’s citizens suffered and facts and examples would be easy to research, where the slavery issue research would find a lot of opinions, and it would be difficult to see anything positive about it. Just an opinion though, good luck with either decision.


4 Responses to why was cotton production important in the industrial revolution in America?

  1. Cotton was the raw material for the textile producing mills in New England. That was the start of mass industry in the U.S.
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  2. Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin. Which more importantly it was the invention of replacable parts, machine made and interchangable. So he invented mass production really. It was then called the "American Process". Being able to mass produce cotton, or guns or whatever revolutionized industry and the economy.
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    Grew up in Arkansas were cotton is king. ; )

  3. I would say that what was important was the invention of the "cotton gin", by Eli Whitney. The machine allowed mass proccessing of the cotton. This allowed for higher export to foreign soil.

    As far as slavery, cotton was grown in the southern climates, and because the machinery allowed for faster processing, the "supply and demand" theory kicks in. The "slaves" picked the cotton, which has to be picked within a certain time period.

    To focus on slavery, you will have to focus beyond the official ending of it, because not all slaves fled the south and the way it was percieved was shifted. African-Americans worked for, room and board, sharecropping, etc.

    The focus on cotton itself will lay heavy on machinery, like the cotton gin, railroad expansion, riverboats… things powered by steam and later electricity.

    The slavery issue will be more humanitarian, social issue.
    So, you can either focus on the machines of the industrial revolution, (which some were invented by African-Americans, and would bring in a positive focus of their freedom), and where they were located, which was by water: rivers, lakes, streams, etc; or just the social, humanitarian issues of how African-Americans were treated, before and after the civil war.

    In my opinion, the reasons why cotton production was important could tie in a positive of the great strife that America and it’s citizens suffered and facts and examples would be easy to research, where the slavery issue research would find a lot of opinions, and it would be difficult to see anything positive about it. Just an opinion though, good luck with either decision.
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  4. As both a commodity (for trading) and a textile (daily essential) cotton was center to the national economy, and particularly so to the southeast (textile mills) and south (production)
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