'Wait, What the Hell?!' People Everywhere Are Freaking Out After Just Now Learning Eli Whitney Was a White Man

circa 1815:  American inventor Eli Whitney (1765 - 1825). Experimented with a machine to clean seed from cotton fibers while a guest at Georgia plantation of Mrs. Nathanael Greene 1792-93. Invented the cotton gin 1793, patented in 1794. While cotton production increased he failed to profit because of infringements and litigation. Devised a system of manufacturing interchangeable parts in the production of muskets, operated a gun factory at Whitneyville, CT.  (Photo by Stock Montage/Stock Montage/Getty Images)

'Wait, What the Hell?!' People Everywhere Are Freaking Out After Just Now Learning Eli Whitney Was a White Man

Many schools incorrectly identified the inventor of the cotton gin as Black.

Published February 2, 2017

  1. most people were taught in grade school that Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin, was an African-American
  2. However, 'New York Magazine' writer Rembert Browne stunned many by reminding us that we were misinformed
  3. and people lost their minds
  4. soon, everyone began comparing locations where they were taught the incorrect fact
  5. Some were surprised to find out that many did not know he was white
  6. Throughout history, many have debated whether Whitney was the true creator or if his slaves invented it without being able to file a patent
  7. What do you remember being taught about Eli Whitney?

    Let us know in the comment section below!

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Stock Montage/Stock Montage/Getty Images)

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