A Social History of American Technology

A Social History of American Technology

by Ruth Schwartz Cowan
     
 

For over 250 years American technology has been regarded as a unique hallmark of American culture and an important factor in American prosperity. Despite this, American history has rarely been told from the perspective of the history of technology. A Social History of American Technology fills this gap by surveying the history of American technology from the tools… See more details below

Overview

For over 250 years American technology has been regarded as a unique hallmark of American culture and an important factor in American prosperity. Despite this, American history has rarely been told from the perspective of the history of technology. A Social History of American Technology fills this gap by surveying the history of American technology from the tools used by the earliest native inhabitants to the technological systems - cars and computers, aircraft and antibiotics - we are familiar with today. Cowan makes use of the most recent scholarship to explain how the unique characteristics of American cultures and American geography have affected the technologies that have been invented, manufactured, and used throughout the years. She also focuses on the key individuals and ideas that have shaped important technological developments. The text explains how various technologies have affected the ways in which Americans work, govern, cook, transport, communicate, maintain their health, and reproduce.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195046069
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1The Land, the Natives, and the Settlers5
2Husbandry and Huswifery in the Colonies28
3Colonial Artisans45
4The Early Decades of Industrialization69
5Transportation Revolutions93
6Inventors, Entrepreneurs, and Engineers119
7Industrial Society and Technological Systems149
8Daily Life and Mundane Work173
9American Ideas about Technology201
10Automobiles and Automobility224
11Taxpayers, Generals, and Aviation249
12Communications Technologies and Social Control273
13Biotechnology301
Index329

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