About the M.E. on Eli Whitney: So, he's a white guy, obviously, not a person of color. It's highly documented. But there is an interesting story about the
cotton gin, the irony of its invention and who deserves the credit.
Footnote: **the "brass ankles** mentioned in the video were mostly Cherokee and Catawba families who claimed status as african american in the NC/SC census so they could own land (my maternal grandparents folks). NC does not have any federally recognized tribes or reservations, only those on the state level. The **Melungo** were my paternal grandparents folks, Croatan/Roanoac, who were closely related to Seminole and Gullah communities.
***Update*** Catherine Greene did NOT free her slaves, she and her new husband had over 200 at the dungeness plantation in GA. Hopefully, they all ran away after she died.
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