Manufacturing Independence: Industrial Innovation in the American Revolution

Manufacturing Independence: Industrial Innovation in the American Revolution

by Robert F. Smith

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ISBN-13: 9781594162473
Publisher: Westholme Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2016
Edition description: 1
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 826,501
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 3.80(d)

About the Author


ROBERT F. SMITH is Assistant Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences at Northampton Community College. He received his PhD in Early American History and Technology from Lehigh University and his MA in American History from Villanova University. He is the author of numerous articles on military history and the history of technology. This is his first book.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Introduction ix

1 "The people … cannot help themselves" 1

The Failure of War Mobilization and the Call for a National Weapons Program

2 "Laboratories … ordnance … artificers [and] Ammunition" 21

The Department of the Commissary General of Military Stores

3 "On the same plan as … Woolwich" 51

Adopting the Industrial Revolution in America

4 "Regiment of Artillery Artificers" and "hired men" 79

Promoting a Manufacturing Revolution in Philadelphia

5 "Artificers, Who Prefer Liberty to Slavery" 98

Manufacturing Innovation at Carlisle and Springfield

6 "Devise ways and means for procuring [cannon]" 117

Directing Private Manufacturers: Inspection and Instruction

7 "We manufactured all the articles necessary for our defence" 142

Directing Private Manufacturers: Providing Resources

8 "The American Foundery" 173

Military Stores Activities after the Revolution

Conclusion 207

Notes 215

Bibliography 255

Acknowledgments 263

Index 265

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