Maker of Machines
A Story about Eli Whitney
Eli Whitney s love of inventing and pondering new ideas made him one of America s greatest inventors. Best known for inventing the cotton gin, one of the most important American inventions of the century, he changed cotton production forever. A few years later, Whitney invented machines to make muskets that were identical. The first mass-manufacturing business in the country, his musket factory revolutionized the way Americans made things.