Compare And Contrast Eli Whitney And Elin Luther King

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In discussions of political relevance and significance, oftentimes one automatically thinks of historical characters actively engaging in the political spectrum––be it senators, representatives, governors or presidents. As such, in many instances very influential individuals are overlooked or forgotten. Although they are not contemporaries of one another, both Eli Whitney and Martin Luther King––two non-politicians––greatly influenced the politics of our country. Despite their political influence, each character achieved this influence in different ways. Eli Whitney influenced the workings of our nation through his achievements, specifically the invention of the cotton gin. After graduating from Yale in the late 1700s, Eli Whitney moved …show more content…
As previously stated, Whitney set the wheel of slavery turning faster and faster with his production of his cotton gin. Since the gin stimulated and accelerated the growth of slavery in the South, it is not difficult to conclude that, inadvertently, Whitney helped pave a path that promoted the marginalization of the African American community in the United States for years. It is absurd to think that Whitney is solely to blame for the continuing practice of slavery in the Antebellum South; however, it does not require a stretch of the imagination for one to see that his actions were one of the contributing factors to the degradation and exploitation of the African American community that lasted for generation after Whitney’s …show more content…
However, a historical figure’s political relevance is subject to opinion. In this argument––for example––Martin Luther King is argued to be the more influential of the two; however, one must note that this is an argument presented by a Latinx individual living in the 21st century. On the other hand, a person who endured slavery and didn’t get to experience the more beneficial effects that Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement had on society might find Eli Whitney to be the more politically relevant figure. Thus, one must take political relevance with a grain of salt. Subject to temporal, physical, and racial factors, political relevance is a concept that is not as definitive as it seems. Rather, it is a nuanced political concept subject to individual

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