Early American technology : making and doing things from the colonial era to 1850 / edited by Judith A. McGaw.

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals




x, 482 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.


Descriptive Terms

Technology History 18th century.
Technology History 19th century.


McGaw, Judith A., 1946-


Introduction: the experience of early American technology -- Technology in early America: a view from the 1990s -- The exhilaration of early American technology: an essay -- Lost, hidden, obstructed and repressed: contraceptive and abortive technology in the early Delaware Valley -- "Publick service" versus "Mans Properties": Dock Creek and the origins of urban technology in eighteenth-century Philadelphia -- Inconsiderable progress: commercial brewing in Philadelphia before 1840 -- Laying foods by: gender, dietary decisions, and the technology of food preservation in New England households, 1750-1850 -- Roads most traveled: turnpikes in Southeastern Pennsylvania in the early republic -- Custom and consequence: early nineteenth-century origins of the environmental and social costs of mining anthracite -- A patent transformation: woodworking mechanization in Philadelphia, 1830-1856 -- "So much depends upon a red wheelbarrow": agricultural tool ownership in the eighteenth-century Mid-Atlantic -- Books on early American technology, 1966-1991.


Chapel Hill : Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press


x, 482 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 358-460) and index.


080782173X (alk. paper)
0807844845 (pbk. : alk. paper)

Call Number

Stacks T21.E24 1994


United States