Science and technology are central to history of the United States, and this is true of the Colonial period as well. Although considered by Europeans as a backwater, the people living in the American colonies had advanced notions of agriculture, surveying, architecture, and other technologies. In areas of natural philosophywhat we call sciencesuch figures as Benjamin Franklin were admired and respected in the scientific capitals of Europe. This book covers all aspects of how science and technology impacted the everyday life of Americans of all classes and cultures.
Science and Technology in Everyday Life in Colonial America covers a wide range of topics that will interest students of American history and the history of science and technology: * Domestic technologyhow colonial women devised new strategies for day-to-day survival * Agriculturalhow Native Americans and African slaves influenced the development of a American system of agriculture * Warhow the frequent battles during the colonial period changed how industry made consumer goods This volume includes myriad examples of the impact science and technology had on the lives of individual who lived in the New World.
|Series:||Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series: Science and Technology in Everyday Life Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
William E. Burns has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Maryland, and Mary Washington College. His earlier books include An Age of Wonders: Prodigies in Later Stuart Politics and Culture (2002) and Witch Hunts in Europe and America: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 2003).
Table of Contents
Making a Living: Agriculture
Wood, Fruit Crops and Other Tree Products
Making a Living: Manufacturing and Industry
The World of the Sea
Technology in Domestic Life
Architecture and Housing
Reading and Seeing: The Technology of Words and Images
Science and Technology on the Land: Surveying and Cartography
Technology and War
Natural Knowledge in American Colonial Societies
The Scientific Revolution in Colonial America
The Age of Benjamin Franklin