A Companion to American Technology (Blackwell Companions to by Carroll Pursell

By Carroll Pursell

A significant other to American know-how is a groundbreaking choice of unique essays that learn the hard-to-define phenomenon of “technology” in the United States. 22 unique essays via specialist students conceal crucial positive factors of yank know-how, together with advancements in vehicles, tv, and computingAnalyzes the ways that applied sciences are geared up, equivalent to within the engineering occupation, govt, drugs and agricultureIncludes discussions of the way applied sciences engage with race, gender, type, and different organizing constructions in American society

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Samuel Slater learned the construction of Arkwright spinning machinery in his native Britain. Moses Brown hired the newly arrived Slater in 1789 to mechanize production in his Pawtucket mill (now preserved as a historic site). 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.

This failure to address an important issue led the city to a cover-up: it built a roof over the creek to get it out of sight. W. The First American, the Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (New York: Doubleday, 2000). A. Black Rice, the African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001). 30 ROBERT B. GORDON Eliot, J. H. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1934). A. Shipbuilding in Colonial America (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1976).

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.

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