The Texture of Industry: An Archaeological View of the by Robert B. Gordon

By Robert B. Gordon

Whereas historians have given plentiful recognition to tales of entrepreneurship, invention, and exertions clash, they've got advised us little approximately genuine work-places and the way humans labored. staff seldom wrote approximately their day-by-day employment. even if, they did go away in the back of their instruments, items, retailers, and factories in addition to the encircling business landscapes and groups. during this e-book, Gordon and Malone examine the industrialization of North the USA from the point of view of the economic archaeologist. utilizing fabric facts from such various websites as Indian steatite quarries, motor vehicle vegetation, and coal mines, they research production expertise, transportation platforms, and the results of industrialization at the land. Their learn significantly expands our figuring out of and focuses recognition at the contributions of nameless artisans whose talents formed our business history.

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His confidence, business acumen, technical understanding, and promotional flair kept alive a risky industrial experiment that had begun in 1789. With his astute business partners and investors—William Almy, Moses Brown, Smith Brown, and Obadiah Brown—Slater established a profitable factory operation and promoted the widespread marketing of mass-produced goods. 16 Engineering and Scientific Skills Technology is not applied science, even though scientists have sometimes applied themselves to the design of engineering works and engineers have made use of scientific theories.

24. A review of the problems and opportunities in the museum exposition of past INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY 35 work experiences is in Thomas E. Lcary, "Shadows in the Cave: Industrial Ecology and Museum Practice," Public Historian 11 (1989): 39-60. 25. An example of an excavation of an industrial site is David R. Starbuck's study of the New England Glassworks ("The New England Glassworks," New Hampshire Archaeologist 27 [1986]). This enterprise operated between 1780 and 1782, and the site in southern New Hampshire remained unused thereafter.

We can easily distinguish surfaces cut by hand from those cut by machine tools. 4 shows the recess cut into the wooden stock of a musket made in the shop of New England arms maker Lemuel Pomeroy in 1824. The stocker used a brace and bit to make the circular hole and to start the deeper recess (leaving the small hole at the right end); the rest of the cavity was then cut with hand chisels and gouges, leaving a gently undulating surface. 3. S. M l 8 4 1 rifle made at the Whitney Armory in 1854.

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