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Children's Nonfiction Science & Technology

Maker of Machines

A Story about Eli Whitney

by (author) Barbara Mitchell

illustrated by Jan Naimo Jones

Lerner Publishing Group
Initial publish date
Jan 2004
Science & Technology
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2004
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 14
  • Grade: 4 to 8


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.

About the authors

Barbara Mitchell is an author, speaker, and human resources consultant. She is the coauthor of The Big Book of HR, The Essential Workplace Conflict Handbook, The Conflict Resolution Phrase Book, and The Essential HR Handbook. Most of her HR career was spent with Marriott International. Barbara is managing partner of The Mitchell Group and an innovative career transition coach.

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