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Title:
Eli Whitney and the birth of American technology
ISBN:
9780316326216
Edition:
[1st ed.].
Publication Information:
Boston, Little, Brown [1956]
Physical Description:
vii, 215 pages 21 cm.
Contents:
Editor's preface -- Economic problems of the United States at the end of the Revolution -- Yankee youth -- The invention of the cotton gin -- The career of Miller & Whitney : the fight for a legal monopoly -- The first contract for muskets -- The birth of the "uniformity system" -- The struggle for widespread acceptance -- The last years and ultimate achievements -- A note on the sources.
Summary:
A series of specific challenges led Eli Whitney to exercise his ingenuity in technology and made him an engineer. His cotton gin revolutionized Southern agriculture. And the problems of manufacturing large quantities of guns drove him to develop principles important in his own time, and even more important later. The application of those principles would one day give American industry the structure within which it more than fulfilled the ambitions of the Revolutionary generation. This is the absorbing story Constance Green has told through a skillful mingling of personal narrative and technological analysis. - Editor's preface.
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