Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin

How It Works: Seed separation with Eli Whitney’s cotton gin

This early drawing shows how the cotton gin relies on three major components: a separating drum that pulls cotton from the seeds, a grid to hold back the seeds (in hinged cover) and a brush to remove fiber from the teeth.
This early drawing shows how the cotton gin relies on three major components: a separating drum that pulls cotton from the seeds, a grid to hold back the seeds (in hinged cover) and a brush to remove fiber from the teeth.