Eli Whitney and the Cotton Gin


Tells the story of how Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, and the effects it had on the Southern United States. Written in graphic-novel format.
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Tells the story of how Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, and the effects it had on the Southern United States. Written in graphic-novel format.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Norah Piehl
This graphic novel biography of the inventor of the cotton gin traces the genesis of Whitney's idea, its development and uses in the southern economy, and the inventor's patent disputes. Although the numerous iterations of the product's development are slow-going (e.g., sharp vs. dull teeth, angled vs. straight), other elements of Whitney's career (e.g., a major fire at his workshop, his role in the North's Civil War victory) provide more drama. The text provides social commentary on the system of slavery that the cotton gin helped fund. In typical comic-book style, most of the action is advanced via dialogue in bubbles; since this book is historically-based, yellow-tinted text backgrounds indicate primary quotes. The illustrations are also on par with typical comic-book styles—chiseled, buff Eli Whitney seems like a superhero in nineteenth-century garb. Although the text is lightweight, this graphic approach may spark reluctant readers' interest in history. Interested readers can build on this foundation by tracking down some of the books suggested for further reading. A volume in Capstone's "Graphic Library: Inventions and Discovery" series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736878951
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Series: Inventions and Discovery Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 952,822
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.77 (w) x 8.87 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Gunderson grew up in the small town of Washburn, North Dakota. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has written more than fifty books for young readers. Her book Ropes of Revolution won the 2008 Moonbeam Award for best graphic novel. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and cat.
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Table of Contents

The Seeds of an Idea     4
The Cotton Gin Is Born     10
A Stolen Idea     18
The Cost of a Dream     24
More about Eli Whitney and the Cotton Gin     28
Glossary     30
Internet Sites     30
Read More     31
Bibliography     31
Index     32
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