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Thread #122144 Message #2678572
Posted By: Paul Burke
12-Jul-09 - 05:36 PM
Thread Name: BS: British support for the confederacy?
Subject: RE: BS: British support for the confederacy?
Tangential to this, but the horrors of slavery and the US Civil War stemmed in an arguably large degree from a talented engineer falling in love. Eli Whitney, a great pioneer of mass- production (Springfield rifle factory) had a thing about a Southern widow (unrequited): but he invented the cotton gin to make her plantation more profitable, and created the economic basis for the latifundia.