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Inventing the cotton gin : machine and myth in antebellum America

Author: Angela Lakwete
Publisher: Baltimore : The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
Series: Johns Hopkins studies in the history of technology (Unnumbered)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Inventing the Cotton Gin, Angela Lakwete explores the history of the cotton gin as part of global history and as an artifact of southern industrial development. She examines gin invention and innovation in Asia and Africa from the earliest evidence to the seventeenth century, when British colonizers introduced an Asian hand-cranked roller gin to the Americas.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Angela Lakwete
ISBN: 0801873940 9780801873942
OCLC Number: 51445810
Awards: Winner of Edelstein Prize for an Outstanding Book on the History of Technology 2004 (United States)
Description: xiii, 232 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Cotton and the gin to 1600 --
The roller gin in the Americas, 1607-1790 --
The invention of the saw gin, 1790-1810 --
The transition from the roller to the saw gin, 1796-1830 --
The saw gin industry, 1830-1865 --
Saw gin industry, 1830-1865 --
Saw gin innovation, 1820-1860 --
Old and new roller gins, 1820-1870 --
Machine and myth.
Series Title: Johns Hopkins studies in the history of technology (Unnumbered)
Responsibility: Angela Lakwete.
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Far from being a record of southern failure, Lakwete concludes, the cotton gin-correctly understood-supplies evidence that the slave labor-based antebellum South innovated, industrialized, and  Read more...

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With careful use of vivid illustrations and keen analytic skills, Lakwete captures the relationship between technology and human initiative. -- Lester P. Lee, Jr. * Times Literary Supplement * Eli Read more...

 
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