Carroll Pursell's A Companion to American Technology PDF

By Carroll Pursell

ISBN-10: 0631228446

ISBN-13: 9780631228448

A significant other to American expertise is a groundbreaking selection of unique essays that examine the hard-to-define phenomenon of “technology” in the USA.

  • 22 unique essays by means of professional students disguise crucial good points of yank expertise, together with advancements in autos, tv, and computing
  • Analyzes the ways that applied sciences are geared up, corresponding to within the engineering occupation, executive, drugs and agriculture
  • Includes discussions of the way applied sciences engage with race, gender, classification, and different organizing constructions in American society

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22 ROBERT B. GORDON New Englanders eventually joined the eighteenth-century revival of ironmaking along lines of their own by gradually specializing in iron products rather than pig and bar for export. John Forbes of Canaan, Connecticut, began making tools, chain, wagon parts, and nails with a bloomery and forge shop in 1746. Conclusion of the colonial wars with France brought increased demand for iron and forged products that an ordinary smith could not easily make. Millwrights needed parts for new grist, saw, fulling, paper, and oil mills as well as repair parts for older ones.

Slater, as had Whitney, drew on the colonial base of skills and supporting industry, in this case Pawtucket iron founder and machinist Oziel Wilkinson and his son David, who made TECHNOLOGY IN COLONIAL NORTH AMERICA 29 the machinery, and millwright Sylvanus Brown who set up the waterpower system. Slater’s organizational acumen arranged the orderly flow of materials from distant sources to completed products. Within a year the partners had drawing, carding, roving, and spinning machines at work making yarn that they passed on to handloom weavers for conversion into cloth.

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