Black Inventors in the Age of Segregation: Granville T. Woods, Lewis H. Latimer, and Shelby J. Davidson

Black Inventors in the Age of Segregation: Granville T. Woods, Lewis H. Latimer, and Shelby J. Davidson

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by Rayvon Fouche
     
 

This study examines the life and work of three African American inventors: Granville Woods, Lewis Latimer, and Shelby Davidson. Describing the struggles of each man to balance racial identity with a desire to be judged solely on the merit of his work, Rayvon Fouche provides a nuanced view of African American contributors to technology during a period of rapid…  See more details below

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This study examines the life and work of three African American inventors: Granville Woods, Lewis Latimer, and Shelby Davidson. Describing the struggles of each man to balance racial identity with a desire to be judged solely on the merit of his work, Rayvon Fouche provides a nuanced view of African American contributors to technology during a period of rapid industrialization.

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The Bookwatch
Refutes the common notion that inventors were lone geniuses who worked in relative isolation in the late 19th-early 20th century world.

Technology and Culture

Fouché documents the struggles of these black inventors and dismantles several myths surrounding their lives.

— William Pretzer

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Fouché takes an interesting and challenging approach to examining the lives of three black inventors... In debunking some of the myths, including financial success and race pride, Fouché humanizes them and examines the greater significance of their work in the context of American sociological and commercial history.

IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Meticulously researched and well written... Readable, interesting, and highly recommended. Fouché is to be commended for reuniting the humanity of a neglected group of inventors with their better-known inventions.

— Michael N. Geselowitz

New Scientist

Thoughtful and interesting, this book provides useful new insights into invention in the U. S. at the dawn of the electrical age.

— Antony Anderson

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Granville Woods patented devices as diverse as a steam boiler furnace and an electric incubator. Shelby Davidson strove to improve efficiency at the U.S. Treasury by inventing adding machines. Lewis Latimer co-patented a train-car lavatory and several improvements to electric lamp design. Historian Rayvon Fouché documents the struggles of these early black inventors and dismantles several myths surrounding their lives.

IEEE Spectrum Magazine - Michael N. Geselowitz
Meticulously researched and well written... Readable, interesting, and highly recommended. Fouché is to be commended for reuniting the humanity of a neglected group of inventors with their better-known inventions.

New Scientist - Antony Anderson
Thoughtful and interesting, this book provides useful new insights into invention in the U. S. at the dawn of the electrical age.

Technology and Culture - William Pretzer
Fouché documents the struggles of these black inventors and dismantles several myths surrounding their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801873195
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Series:
Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.86(d)

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Arthur Molella
Fouché vividly captures the real lives of black inventors, defining and cutting through obscuring myths and ideologies. Black Inventors in the Age of Segregation forces us to rethink contentious issues of race, technology, and invention.

Meet the Author

Rayvon Fouché is an assistant professor in the department of science and technology studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Fouche has writen a wonderful book! Black Inventors in the Age of Segregation is clearly the most thoroughly researched book on black inventors to date. He provides a detailed account of how difficult it was for black inventors to succeed in a segregated society. His book describes the experiences of three black inventors and explains their importance to African American pople in the twentieth century. This is a must read for anyone wanting to know more about black inventors, their inventions and their lives.