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A spouse to American expertise is a groundbreaking selection of unique essays that examine the hard-to-define phenomenon of “technology” in the US. 22 unique essays through professional students conceal crucial positive factors of yankee expertise, together with advancements in vehicles, tv, and computingAnalyzes the ways that applied sciences are prepared, comparable to within the engineering occupation, govt, medication and agricultureIncludes discussions of the way applied sciences have interaction with race, gender, category, and different organizing buildings in American society

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As high-pressure engines replaced the Bolton and Watt-type low-pressure engines, much faster steamboats extended along the Atlantic tidewater, to the Great Lakes, and to the western rivers. They drastically cut river travel time and shipping costs both downstream and upstream; on the western rivers, where river travel occurred only on flat-bottomed keelboats poled by hand and upstream passage was virtually nonexistent, their impact was revolutionary. By 1855, there were 727 steamboats on the Mississippi River system, and at least fifty plied rivers in California.

In 1808, the year the Middlesex Canal was opened, Jesse Hawley, a flour merchant in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, wrote a series of articles calling for the building of an east-west canal from the Hudson River to Lake Erie along the one THE AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION 35 relatively low-level route on the entire east coast, north of Georgia, which runs through the eastern mountains to the enormous interior of the country. The same year, Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin (1761–1849), who, like President Jefferson, believed in the importance of transportation and communication to the young nation, submitted to Congress a Report on the Subject of Public Roads and Canals, a transportation master plan.

Joseph Jenks, Artisan John Winthrop, Jr, recruited Joseph Jenks (c. 1599–1683), a Londoner and cutler who had immigrated to Maine sometime before 1641, for his Saugus ironworks. While the Saugus enterprise contributed little to the seventeenth-century colonial economy, it played an important role in launching the careers of artisans such as Jenks. Jenks secured a patent from the Massachusetts General Court to erect mills for making scythes and other edge tools, and set up shop adjacent to the Saugus furnaces.

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