A Petition for the Cotton Gin

While almost forgotten today, the cotton gin could be seen as one of the causes of the Civil War. The innovation led to more cotton production, which in turn undermined political power balances in the 1800s. Individuals unpack the tangled webs of history by examining a petition for the cotton gin's patent.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a jigsaw activity to examine the included document on the cotton gin
  • Develop discussion questions to examine the resource
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners need to access the Internet to see pictures of the document
  • Resource is a unique way to teach about the importance of the cotton gin
  • Document transcript makes using the resource easy 
  • None