Technology, Innovation, and Southern Industrialization: From the Antebellum Era to the Computer Age

Technology, Innovation, and Southern Industrialization: From the Antebellum Era to the Computer Age

by Susanna Delfino
     
 

The South has typically been viewed as a region not favorably disposed to innovation and technology, yet innovation was never absent from industrialization. These seven essays assess the role of innovations in the region, some by examining specific industries in subregions: steamboats in the lower Mississippi valley, textile manufacturing in Georgia and

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The South has typically been viewed as a region not favorably disposed to innovation and technology, yet innovation was never absent from industrialization. These seven essays assess the role of innovations in the region, some by examining specific industries in subregions: steamboats in the lower Mississippi valley, textile manufacturing in Georgia and Arkansas, coal mining in Virginia, and sugar planting and processing in Louisiana. Others consider the role of technology in South Carolina textile mills around the turn of the twentieth century, the electrification of the Tennessee valley, and telemedicine in contemporary Arizona. Together, these articles show that southerners set significant limitations on the adoption of technological innovations, particularly in a milieu where slaveholding agriculture had shaped the allocation of resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826217950
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Publication date:
05/15/2008
Series:
NEW CURRENTS SO ECON and SOC Series, #1
Edition description:
index, tables
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Industry in the Old South: Polemics and Politics Gavin Wright Wright, Gavin

Introduction Susanna Delfino Delfino, Susanna Michele Gillespie Gillespie, Michele 1

Steamboats and Southern Economic Development Robert H. Gudmestad Gudmestad, Robert H. 18

Pits of Frustration: The Failed Transplant of British Mining Methods in Antebellum Virginia Sean Patrick Adams Adams, Sean Patrick 41

Slavery and Technology in Louisiana's Sugar Bowl Richard Follett Follett, Richard 68

Building Networks of Knowledge: Henry Merrell and Textile Manufacturing in the Antebellum South Michele Gillespie Gillespie, Michele 97

Entrepreneurial Networks and the Textile Industry: Technology, Innovation, and Labor in the American Southeast, 1890-1925 Pamela C. Edwards Edwards, Pamela C. 125

Technocracy on the March? The Tennessee Valley Authority and the Uses of Technology Stephen Wallace Taylor Taylor, Stephen Wallace 163

Telemedicine: An Important Component in Arizona's Economic and Social Development Yoneyuki Sugita Sugita, Yoneyuki 181

Contributors 203

Index 205

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