gin in use,
DeBow's Review, October 1867.
(Library of Congress)
image to enlarge.
about the cotton industry in New Orleans
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changes wrought by emancipation, cotton production in the South remained
much the same as before.
As depicted in an illustration from DeBow's review, black laborers working
with animal-powered cotton gins cleaned the harvested cotton, then baled
it for shipment to market.
The article in which the illustration appeared, "In Lieu of Labor,"
urged postwar Southern farmers to rely more on machinery and less on contract