This book contains a survey of the history of technology in America from 1700 to the present, and covers the history of inventions with discussions of the social, economic, and cultural impact of technology.
Table of Contents
1. Working the Land in Preindustrial Europe and America. 2. Craftsmen in the Shop: European Traditions and American Changes in the Eighteenth Century. 3. Women and Work Before the Factory. 4. Origins of Industrialization. 5. The Birth of the Factory. 6. Iron, Steam, and Rails. 7. Machines and Their Mass-Production. 8. Machines on the Farm and in the Forest, 1800-1950. 9. Americans Confront a Mechanical World, 1800-1900. 10. The Second Industrial Revolution. 11. Technology and the Modern Corporation. 12. Technology and the First Arms Race, 1800-1918. 13. The Impact of Technology on Women's Work. 14. The New Factory. 15. Innovation, The Great Depression, and the Automobile, 1918-1940. 16. Mechanizing Sight and Sound. 17. Technology and the Origins of Mass Culture. 18. Airplanes and Atoms in Peace and War. 19. The Postwar Advance of Technology. 20. Modern Americans in a Technological World. Afterword: Into the Future? Government Policy and Technological Innovation: Lessons from the Past.