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Technology and Historiography

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Technology and Historiography

  1. 1. Rethinking the History of American Technology A Vantage Point at the Juncture of Historiography and Lessons Learned By Michael E. Dobe, Sr. Last Updated: July 2013
  2. 2. The Craft of the Historian and the Popular Imagination
  3. 3. Questions to Address About Technology as History
  4. 4. Example of the Uses of History Winthrop Group Research On Corporate Histories
  5. 5. Does Technology Drive History? The Problematic Nature of “Progress”
  6. 6. Technology’s Storytellers And the Philosophy of History
  7. 7. What to Study and Why? Historians Who Broadened the Focus
  8. 8. What to Study and Why? Historians Who Broadened the Focus
  9. 9. What to Study and Why? Historians Who Broadened the Focus
  10. 10. How to Study the Social Construction of Technological Systems
  11. 11. Thomas P. Hughes The Evolution of Large Technological Systems
  12. 12. Technology in Today’s World
  13. 13. Beginning Chronologically European Roots & Pacey’s Maze of Ingenuity
  14. 14. Beginning Chronologically European Roots & Gimpel’s Medieval Machine
  15. 15. Colonial Technologies, 1492-1770
  16. 16. American Revolution and Early Republic, 1763-1800
  17. 17. Emergence of Republican Technology
  18. 18. Regional Interests and Military Needs
  19. 19. The Machine in the New Nation
  20. 20. Engines of Change: Resources
  21. 21. Engines of Change: Agriculture and “Farmer Artisans”
  22. 22. The American Middle Period, 1800-1865
  23. 23. Railroads, Markets, and Mills: The North and the West
  24. 24. The Transportation Revolution
  25. 25. The Mechanization of Northern Society
  26. 26. Harper’s Ferry Armory and the New Technology
  27. 27. The Factory as Republican Community
  28. 28. Housework and Industrialization
  29. 29. The American System of Manufactures
  30. 30. Emulation and Invention
  31. 31. Engines of Change
  32. 32. Rockdale: A Case Study In Early Industrialization
  33. 33. Response to Industrialization, 1865-1900
  34. 34. The Machine Age, 1877-1920 Topics in People and a Nation
  35. 35. Special Areas of Focus in Making America Textbook
  36. 36. Foundation for Industrialization (MA)
  37. 37. Railroads and Economic Growth (MA)
  38. 38. Entrepreneurs and Industrial Transformation (MA)
  39. 39. Railroads, Mining, and Agribusiness (MA)
  40. 40. The Vitality and Turmoil of Urban Life, 1877-1920 (PN)
  41. 41. The New Urban Environment (MA)
  42. 42. Agricultural Distress and Political Upheaval (MA)
  43. 43. Networks of Power Comparative International View
  44. 44. Sewing Machines, Reapers and Bicycles
  45. 45. Material Culture: Furniture and Meat Processing
  46. 46. Karl Marx and Technology
  47. 47. Twentieth Century America, 1900-1945
  48. 48. Prosperity Decade (1920s)
  49. 49. Henry Ford and Mass Production
  50. 50. Boss Kettering
  51. 51. Building the American Highway System
  52. 52. Technology and Masculinity: Boys and Their Toys
  53. 53. Social History of the Telephone
  54. 54. The Culture of Electricity
  55. 55. Twentieth Century America, 1945-Present
  56. 56. Society During the Postwar Boom, 1945-1970
  57. 57. Successful Technologies Nuclear Guidance Systems
  58. 58. Failed Technologies Videodiscs
  59. 59. Questions? Thanks to My Advisors, Dr. Robert A. Rosenberg and Dr. Paul Israel of the Thomas Edison Papers, For Their Generosity With Their Time and Knowledge. Completion of The MA Requirements Simply Would Not Have Been Possible Without Their Kindness and Understantng. Resources Consulted and Citations Included on the Following Slides
  60. 60. Textbooks Consulted in 1998: Now Kindle Print Replicas (2013) •(MA) Miller, Egerton, Berkin, Cherny, Gormly, and Woestman. Making America: A History of the United States, Brief. 6 edition. Wadsworth Publishing, 2013. •(PN) Norton, Bailey, Sheriff, Blight, Chudacoff, and Logevall. Cengage Advantage Books: A People and a Nation: A History of the United States. 9 edition. Wadsworth Publishing, 2013. •(EV) Clark, Rieser, Boyer, Kett, Hawley, Salisbury, Sitkoff, and Woloch. The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People, Concise. 6 edition. Wadsworth Publishing, 2013.
  61. 61. Sources: P. Thomas Carroll Online Digital History Pioneer
  62. 62. H-Net Resources
  63. 63. Sources: SHOT Resources
  64. 64. Web Resources for the History of the Cold War: David Hounshell
  65. 65. Example of Museum Exhibit Engines of Change at the Smithsonian
  66. 66. Sources: Stanford University History & Philosophy of Science & Technology
  67. 67. Historiography: The Role of Interpretation Bijker, Wiebe E, Thomas Parke Hughes, and T. J Pinch. The Social Construction of Technological Systems New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1987. Smith, Merritt Roe. Does Technology Drive History?: The Dilemma of Technological Determinism. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1994. Staudenmaier, John M. Technology’s Storytellers Reweaving the Human Fabric. Cambridge, Mass: Society for the History of Technology and the MIT Press, 1985.
  68. 68. European Background For Colonial Technologies Gimpel, Jean. The Medieval Machine: The Industrial Revolution of the Middle Ages. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1977. Pacey, Arnold. The Maze of Ingenuity: Ideas and Idealism in the Development of Technology. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1992.
  69. 69. Relevant Readings: 1492-1770 Labor History & Native American History Innes, Stephen. Labor in a New Land: Economy and Society in Seventeenth-century Springfield. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1983. Malone, Patrick M. The Skulking Way of War. Madison Books, 2012. McGaw, Judith A. Early American Technology: Making and Doing Things from the Colonial Era to 1850. Chapel Hill: Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, 1994.
  70. 70. Relevant Readings: 1763-1800 Kasson, John F. Civilizing the Machine: Technology and Republican Values in America, 1776-1900. New York: Hill and Wang, 1999. Smith, Merritt Roe. Harpers Ferry Armory and the New Technology the Challenge of Change. Ithaca, N.Y: Cornell University Press, 1977. Emulation and Invention. ACLS Humanities E-Book, 2008. Hindle, Brooke, and Steven D Lubar. Engines of Change: The American Industrial Revolution, 1790-1860. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1986.
  71. 71. Relevant Readings: 1800-1865 Cowan, Ruth. More Work for Mother: The Ironies of Household Technology from the Open Heart to the Microwave. New York: Basic Books, 1999. Kasson, John F. Civilizing the Machine: Technology and Republican Values in America, 1776-1900. New York: Hill and Wang, 1999. Smith, Merritt Roe. Harpers Ferry Armory and the New Technology the Challenge of Change. Ithaca, N.Y: Cornell University Press, 1977. Emulation and Invention. ACLS Humanities E-Book, 2008. Hindle, Brooke, and Steven D Lubar. Engines of Change: The American Industrial Revolution, 1790-1860. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1986.
  72. 72. More Relevant Readings: 1800-1865 Hounshell, David A, and American Council of Learned Societies. From the American System to Mass Production, 1800-1932 the Development of Manufacturing Technology in the United States. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985. McGaw, Judith A. Most Wonderful Machine: Mechanization and Social Change in Berkshire Paper Making, 1801-1885. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1987. Wallace, Anthony F. C. The Growth of an American Village in the Early Industrial Revolution. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005.
  73. 73. Relevant Readings: 1865-1900 Giedion, S, and American Council of Learned Societies. “Mechanization Takes Command,” 1948. Hounshell, David A, and American Council of Learned Societies. From the American System to Mass Production, 1800-1932 the Development of Manufacturing Technology in the United States. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985. Hughes, Thomas Parke. Networks of Power: Electrification in Western Society, 1880-1930. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983.
  74. 74. More Relevant Readings: 1865-1900 Kasson, John F. Civilizing the Machine: Technology and Republican Values in America, 1776-1900. New York: Hill and Wang, 1999. Rosenberg, Nathan. Inside the Black Box: Technology and Economics. Cambridge [Cambridgeshire]; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1982.
  75. 75. Relevant Reading: 1900-Today Hounshell, David A, and American Council of Learned Societies. From the American System to Mass Production, 1800-1932 the Development of Manufacturing Technology in the United States. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985. Leslie, Stuart W. Boss Kettering. New York: Columbia University Press, 1983. Seely, Bruce Edsall. Building the American Highway System: Engineers as Policy Makers. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1987. Fischer, Claude S. America Calling: a Social History of the Telephone to 1940. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.
  76. 76. More Relevant Readings: 1900-Today Graham, Margaret B. W. RCA and the VideoDisc: The Business of Research. Cambridge [Cambridgeshire]; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1986. MacKenzie, Donald A. Inventing Accuracy: a Historical Sociology of Nuclear Missile Guidance. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1993. Nye, David E. Electrifying America: Social Meanings of a New Technology, 1880-1940. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1990. Rothschild, Joan. Machina Ex Dea: Feminist Perspectives on Technology. New York: Pergamon Press, 1983. Smith, Stephanie. “Boys and Their Toys?: Masculinity, Class, and Technology in America (review).” Technology and Culture 43, no. 3 (2002): 634–635.
  77. 77. Photo Credits (Book Covers From LibraryThing.com) Cliff. Men of Progress, August 26, 2008. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nostri-imago/3406981893/. “File:CRVDisc.jpg.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Accessed July 9, 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CRVDisc.jpg. “File:Henry Ford 1919.jpg.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Accessed July 9, 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Henry_ford_1919.jpg. “File:Time-magazine-cover-charles-kettering.jpg.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Accessed July 9, 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Time-magazine-cover-charles- kettering.jpg. Fleischmann, Sandy. SDIM8501 Telecosm Conference, Nicholas Carr, June 4, 2008. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandyfleischmann/2551295514/.

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