Why did Eli Whitney's cotton gin energize cotton growing and revitalize slavery?

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Simply put, the revolutionary invention by Eli Whitney Jr . (1765-1825) allowed cotton seeds to be removed from the cotton fibers quickly and efficiently, turning the once laborious process of picking cotton into a financial powerhouse. The invention did not help to alleviate the need for slaves to pick the cotton, however, and once it was recognized that the cotton gin could help to produce much greater amounts of cotton, plantation owners also saw the need for more slaves to...

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