The 19th Century was a period of tremendous change in the daily lives of the average Americans. Never before had such change occurred so rapidly or and had affected such a broad range of people. And these changes were primarily a result of tremendous advances in science and technology. Many of the technologies that play such an central role in our daily life today were first invented during this great period of innovationeverything from the railroad to the telephone. These inventions were instrumental in the social and cultural developments of the time. The Civil War, Westward Expansion, the expansion and fall of slave culture, the rise of the working and middle classes and changes in gender rolesnone of these would have occurred as they did had it not been for the science and technology of the time.
Science and Technology in Nineteenth-Century America chronicles this relationship between science and technology and the revolutions in the lives of everyday Americans. The volume includes a discussion of:
- Transportationfrom the railroad and steamship to the first automobiles appearing near the end of the century.
- Communicationincluding the telegraph, the telephone, and the photograph
- Industrialization how the growing factory system impacted the lives of working men and women
- Agriculturehow mechanical devices such as the McCormick reaper and applications of science forever altered how farming was done in the United States
- Exploration and navigationsthe science and technology of the age was crucial to the expansion of the country that took place in the century, and
About the Author
Todd Timmons teaches mathematics, history of mathematics, and history of science at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. His professional interests include the history of American science and American mathematics.
Table of Contents
Out on the Farm
It's Off to Work We Go
Around the Home
Health and Medicine
Exploring and Mapping a New Land
Scientific and Technical Institutions