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In 1846, Elias Howe invented the first American sewing machine. The sewing machines reduced the amount of physical work sewing took.This made the manufacturing of inexpensive clothing possible. The long term effects of Howe’s invention on American history and culture are surprising. 
Before the invention of the sewing machines women spent much of their time devoting several days to make clothing for their families. Since the invention of the sewing machines women started having less roles in the household management , started having more free time for themselves, and being able to seek employment. Most women seeked employment in factories as the demand for clothing increased with this new invention making it easy to produce supply of clothing. 
As a result of increase in demand of clothing, “Cotton production needed to increase in order to match the demand of the new clothing factories. As a result, cotton became planted in new areas where it has not been previously farmed”. 1
“The rise of “KING COTTON” as the defining feature of southern life revitalized slavery. The promise of cotton profits encouraged a spectacular rise in the direct importation of African slaves.”2 with the patent created by Eli Whitney for his cotton gin (making the process of short staple cotton easy) the Southern economy became very dependent on cotton promoting all the more so to the revitalization of slavery.More than half of a 500-pound bale of cotton is used to produce clothing. 3 The profitability and apparent efficiency of slave labor, the high regional growth rates, and the sanguinity of slaveowners all rested on an inherently impermanent foundation: the extraordinary growth of world demand for cotton between 1820 and 1860…the 1850’s were a period of enormous profits for slaveholding cotton planters, and that the demand for cotton grew rapidly to the very end of the decade (I, pp. 89-94). Much of the actual profitability was realized in the
form of capital gains-an increase in the value of slaves-a fact which supports the further proposition that the expectations of slaveowners were highly optimistic at the time of secession 4 
As a women and a feminist any part of history regarding women taking a stand for equal opportunities/rights is very important to me. The invention of the sewing machine came during the women’s rights movement in the 1800s, I view the invention of the sewing machine as a start to changing some of the gender roles that were strongly implemented during those years (ex. women household management/house chores) since women had more time to find employment.
Evidently, the invention of the sewing machine has not only impacted the need for slaves .
Certainly the invention of the sewing machines was not intended to increase the demand for cotton which equally increased the demand for slavery. If not for both the invention of the sewing machine and the cotton gin our history and culture would have very different. 

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