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"Few books are as approachable and historically focused as this, a welcome addition to the resources available to our students. For high school or middle school teachers wishing to incorporate more of this approach into their history or science classes, it is well worthwhile….highly recommend."
NSTA Web site
"[O]ffers a sweeping view of how science and innovations contributed to social and political changes in early 19th century America. Vast changes ranged from communication to transportation, agriculture and new navigation systems: both a timeline of events and a bibliography pair vintage black and white photos with analysis of changing technology's effects on 19th centruy America."
"A finely tuned study of the operation of science and technology in shaping the every day life of 19th century Americans. In organizing his work, Timmons is guided by his premise that a steady flow of inventions and innovations transformed America from a hand-manufacturing, slow-traveling, subsistence-farming society into a industrial-consumer nation, replete with brand names and energy saving conveniences, within the relatively short time period of 100 years or, that is, within a long life span. It is a meritorious theory and one to which the author brings substantial evidence in a well written narrative that is derived from his firm command of secondary sources on the subject. His bibliography runs to eight pages, his book is indexed, and he has included a useful time line of 19th century advances. Illustrations throughout the book supplement the text….[a] wonderful addition to the other 35 titles on the Series list of books"
UA Fort Smith News
"Beginning with a chronology, Timmons introduces the era in which science began to produce technologies that revolutionized daily life. He traces developments in transportation; communications; work on and increasingly, off, the farm; household products; medicine; and exploration. The rise of US leadership in these fields and scientific and technical institutions is also covered. Period illustrations include an ad for women in bloomers riding a velocipede."
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