New PDF release: A Companion to American Technology (Blackwell Companions to


By Carroll Pursell

ISBN-10: 0631228446

ISBN-13: 9780631228448

A better half to American expertise is a groundbreaking selection of unique essays that research the hard-to-define phenomenon of “technology” in the United States. 22 unique essays through professional students conceal an important beneficial properties of yankee expertise, together with advancements in autos, tv, and computingAnalyzes the ways that applied sciences are prepared, comparable to within the engineering occupation, executive, drugs and agricultureIncludes discussions of the way applied sciences engage with race, gender, classification, and different organizing constructions in American society

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Upon taking some of the dark grains home, he found that a magnet would pick them up. Jared realized that the black sand might be an iron ore purer than the bog ore then commonly used in southern New England, and that iron made from pure ore might be converted to good quality steel, then very much in demand. Jared and his son Aaron successfully smelted iron from black sea sand at Aaron’s ironworks, and converted some into steel. A sample sent to the Society for the Encouragement of Arts in London earned Jared a gold medal.

Benjamin Franklin, Colonial Polymath Benjamin Franklin [1706–90] left his native Massachusetts, spent 2 years in Britain, and returned to Philadelphia in 1726, where he worked as a printer and cultivated an interest in natural science that led to his election to fellowship in the Royal Society of London in 1756. Franklin approached natural science through solving practical problems. Colonial governments were troubled in the 1720s by the ease with which any printer could duplicate their paper currency.

Slaves in the upper South undertook technological as well as agricultural tasks. Thus, at ironworks slaves began as laborers in the early eighteenth century and by the end of the century carried out all of the skilled tasks at most Southern forges and furnaces. Owners reserved only managerial responsibilities for whites. They might 28 ROBERT B. GORDON buy slaves or rent them from their owners. Managers often paid their slaves cash for piecework once they exceeded an agreed upon output. Middle-Atlantic colonies had the greatest ethnic diversity – British, Dutch, and German with lesser additions of French, Swedes, Scots, and Irish – and profited from the selection of the most useful components of the technologies that each ethnic group brought to the New World.

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