The Quiz: Eli Whitney transformed clothing production with what invention?
Explanation : Cotton’s fibre strands grow around its seed, so to use cotton to make fabric the seeds must first be removed. This was originally done by hand and involved backbreaking labor done by enslaved workers. Then in 1793, American inventor Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin. The device combed the seeds from the cotton and vastly sped up production, leading cotton to become one of the staple crops of the southern United States.
Correct Answer: Cotton gin