Cotton Gin, U.S. South, 1860s

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Harper's Weekly (Dec. 18, 1869), p. 813. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Caption: "The First Cotton Gin". Shows two black men operating the gin, women carrying bales, children helping; also two white men. Illustration accompanies an article (p. 814) describing the construction of this gin, a model that preceded the one invented by Eli Whitney. A version of this image was later published in Charles C. Coffin, Building the Nation (New York, 1883), p. 76.