By Carroll Pursell
A better half to American know-how is a groundbreaking choice of unique essays that research the hard-to-define phenomenon of “technology” in the US. 22 unique essays via specialist students conceal crucial beneficial properties of yank know-how, together with advancements in vehicles, tv, and computingAnalyzes the ways that applied sciences are geared up, comparable to within the engineering career, govt, drugs 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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TECHNOLOGY IN COLONIAL NORTH AMERICA 25 Residents in colonial cites and towns had consumed much of their nearby wood supplies by the 1740s, and bore the expense of having wood hauled in from distant forests. A typical colonial home used about 30 cords of firewood each year for heating and cooking. Franklin’s curiosity led him to examine the flow of air and combustion gases in fireplaces. He discovered that the excess air that a conventional fireplace allowed to reach the fire carried most of the heat from the burning wood up the chimney instead of into the room it was supposed to be warming.
Managers often paid their slaves cash for piecework once they exceeded an agreed upon output. Middle-Atlantic colonies had the greatest ethnic diversity – British, Dutch, and German with lesser additions of French, Swedes, Scots, and Irish – and profited from the selection of the most useful components of the technologies that each ethnic group brought to the New World. McGaw’s study of probate inventories shows that German farmers had many more tools for spreading dung on their fields, as well as grain fans and scythes with cradles, than did their British neighbors.
This failure to address an important issue led the city to a cover-up: it built a roof over the creek to get it out of sight. W. The First American, the Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (New York: Doubleday, 2000). A. Black Rice, the African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001). 30 ROBERT B. GORDON Eliot, J. H. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1934). A. Shipbuilding in Colonial America (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1976).
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