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Eli Whitney



Eli Whitney
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.74

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    gunsmith, gins, sieve, unskilled, production, profit, decade, assembly, patent, government, power, plantation, slavery, trade, mass, wealthy
     content words:    Eli Whitney, Industrial Revolution


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Eli Whitney
By Mary L. Bushong
  

1     Why should we learn about Eli Whitney? Eli Whitney's inventions, even though they seem simple by today's standards, changed the course of American history.
 
2     Eli was a native of Massachusetts, but after receiving his college degree from Yale at age 27, he traveled south and soon took a job on a plantation. There, he heard about the problems of growing cotton. The main problem was that it was difficult to make a good profit from cotton, because the job of separating the cotton fiber from the seeds was so time consuming. It took a long day's work to separate just one pound of cotton from its seeds.
 
3     He thought about the problem.

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