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Author Cowan, Ruth Schwartz, 1941-

Title A social history of American technology / Ruth Schwartz Cowan.

Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  303.4830973 COWA    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 342 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. The Land, the Natives, and the Settlers -- 2. Husbandry and Huswifery in the Colonies -- 3. Colonial Artisans -- 4. The Early Decades of Industrialization -- 5. Transportation Revolutions -- 6. Inventors, Entrepreneurs, and Engineers -- 7. Industrial Society and Technological Systems -- 8. Daily Life and Mundane Work -- 9. American Ideas about Technology -- 10. Automobiles and Automobility -- 11. Taxpayers, Generals, and Aviation -- 12. Communications Technologies and Social Control -- 13. Biotechnology.
Summary For over 250 years American technology has been regarded as a unique hallmark of American culture and an important factor in American prosperity. Despite this, American history has rarely been told from the perspective of the history of technology. A Social History of American Technology fills this gap by surveying the history of American technology from the tools used by the earliest native inhabitants to the technological systems - cars and computers, aircraft and antibiotics - we are familiar with today. Cowan makes use of the most recent scholarship to explain how the unique characteristics of American cultures and American geography have affected the technologies that have been invented, manufactured, and used throughout the years. She also focuses on the key individuals and ideas that have shaped important technological developments.
The text explains how various technologies have affected the ways in which Americans work, govern, cook, transport, communicate, maintain their health, and reproduce.
Subject Technology -- Social aspects -- United States -- History.
ISBN 0195046064 (acid-free paper)
0195046056 (paperback: acid-free paper)