New PDF release: A Companion to American Technology

By Carroll Pursell

ISBN-10: 0631228446

ISBN-13: 9780631228448

A better half to American know-how is a groundbreaking selection of unique essays that learn the hard-to-define phenomenon of “technology” in the United States.

  • 22 unique essays by means of specialist students disguise an important gains of yankee expertise, together with advancements in cars, tv, and computing
  • Analyzes the ways that applied sciences are equipped, similar to within the engineering career, govt, drugs and agriculture
  • Includes discussions of ways applied sciences engage with race, gender, classification, and different organizing constructions in American society

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American Forts (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1977). B. From Market Place to Market Economy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992). K. The English Atlantic (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986). CHAPTER TWO The American Industrial Revolution JAMES C. WILLIAMS Halfway through the twentieth century, American sociologist Henry Pratt Fairchild (1950) observed that United States Census enumerators in 1900 counted 23 persons who had been alive when the first Census was taken in 1790.

Through their technological specialization they achieved the highest levels of colonial wealth, and the greatest inequality in wealth distribution. Slaves in the upper South undertook technological as well as agricultural tasks. Thus, at ironworks slaves began as laborers in the early eighteenth century and by the end of the century carried out all of the skilled tasks at most Southern forges and furnaces. Owners reserved only managerial responsibilities for whites. They might 28 ROBERT B. GORDON buy slaves or rent them from their owners.

Nothing like it had ever been attempted before, and its completion 7 years later in 1825 revolutionized North American geography. Oceangoing vessels could navigate to Albany on the Hudson River and transship their passengers and cargoes to canal boats, which journeyed right on to the lake port of Buffalo, on Lake Erie. Even though the canal cost $7 million to construct and had an average towage speed of less than two miles per hour, freight could be shipped at one-twentieth of the overland price.

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