A Social History of American Technology

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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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Stephen Gatlin
...[A] thoroughly accessible, periodically arranged, systems-oriented, text....this book will not disappoint....The book should have a broad appeal.
Agricultural History
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This history begins with technology in North America during the historical period before the industrial revolution, with comparison of the material culture of the indigenous peoples and of European settlers, and commentary on the uniquely American stamp on subsequent technology that derives from this cultural contact as well as from geographical characteristics. Discussion continues with analysis of colonial agriculture, freeing it from the mists of patriotic nostalgia. A close look at colonial artisanry -- the basis from which industrialization sprang -- is followed by comparisons of the American industrial revolution with the industrial revolutions of Britain, France, and Germany.
Stephen H. Gatlin
...[A] thoroughly accessible, periodically arranged, systems-oriented, text....this book will not disappoint....The book should have a broad appeal. -- Agricultural History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195046069
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 The Land, the Natives, and the Settlers 5
2 Husbandry and Huswifery in the Colonies 28
3 Colonial Artisans 45
4 The Early Decades of Industrialization 69
5 Transportation Revolutions 93
6 Inventors, Entrepreneurs, and Engineers 119
7 Industrial Society and Technological Systems 149
8 Daily Life and Mundane Work 173
9 American Ideas about Technology 201
10 Automobiles and Automobility 224
11 Taxpayers, Generals, and Aviation 249
12 Communications Technologies and Social Control 273
13 Biotechnology 301
Index 329
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