Early American Technology: Making and Doing Things from the Colonial Era to 1850

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Judith A. McGaw
UNC Press Books, 1994 - History - 482 pages
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This collection of original essays documents technology's centrality to the history of early America. Unlike much previous scholarship, this volume emphasizes the quotidian rather than the exceptional: the farm household seeking to preserve food or acquir
  

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Contents

Technology in Early America A View from the 1990s
16
An Essay
40
Contraceptive and Abortive Technology in the Early Delaware Valley
68
Dock Creek and the Origins of Urban Technology in EighteenthCentury Philadelphia
114
Commercial Brewing in Philadelphia before 1840
148
Gender Dietary Decisions and the Technology of Food Preservation in New England Households 17501850
164
Turnpikes in Southeastern Pennsylvania in the Early Republic
197
Early NineteenthCentury Origins of the Environmental and Social Costs of Mining Anthracite
2-40
Woodworking Mechanization in Philadelphia 18301856
2-78
Agricultural Tool Ownership in the EighteenthCentury MidAtlantic
328
Books on Early American Technology 19661991
358
Brooke Hindles pre1966 Bibliography
431
Index
461
Notes on the Contributors
481
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Judith A. McGaw is associate professor of the history of technology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is author of Most Wonderful Machine: Mechanization and Social Change in Berkshire Paper Making, 1801-1885.

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