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America: A Narrative History - Seventh Ed. - Chapter 12 Title Description Reference Comment Image Eli Whitney Inventor of the cotton gin. cotton gin Invented by Eli Whitney in 1793, the machine separated cotton seed from cotton fiber, speeding cotton processing and making profitable the cultivation of the more hardy, but difficult to clean, short-staple cotton; led directly to the dramatic nineteenth-century expansion of slavery in the South. Preemption Act A law which stated that squatters could stake out claims ahead of the land surveys and later get 160 acres at the minimum price of $1.25 per acre. In effect the law recognized a practice enforced more often than not by frontier vigilantes. Graduation Act Law by which prices of unsold lands were to go down in stages until the lands could sell for 12 1/2 per acre after thirty years. John Deere Inventor, in 1837, of the steel plow. Cyrus McCormick Inventor, in 1831, of a primitive grain reaper. steamboat
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