AU’s Lakwete to explore myths of Whitney’s cotton gin for Discover Auburn series

AUBURN – Angela Lakwete, associate professor of history at Auburn University and author of “Inventing the Cotton Gin: Machine and Myth in Antebellum America, ” will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m., in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. This lecture is part of the ongoing Discover Auburn lecture series.

In “Inventing the Cotton Gin,” Lakwete not only explores the myths surrounding Whitney’s cotton gin but also shows that gins existed for centuries before his 1794 invention. Lakwete’s book won the prestigious Edelstein Prize from the Society of the History of Technology in 2004.

“Lakwete’s compelling and revisionist book on the cotton gin is a major contribution to the history of Southern technology,” said Pete Daniel of the National Museum of American History.

The Discover Auburn series is co-sponsored by the Auburn University Libraries, the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and the Auburn University Bookstore. This semester’s series will conclude on April 16 with Tim Dodge speaking on “The Influence of Gospel Music on Early Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

A reception will follow the program, and copies of Lakwete’s book will be available for purchase and signing. For more information on the program and the series, contact the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center at (334) 844-4946 or go to .

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