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
     
 

"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." — BooklistSee more details below

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"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." — Booklist

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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

Booklist

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.

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