Contains biographical profiles of twenty-five significant men and women of the Industrial Revolution, including economic philosophers, financial barons, innovators, crusaders, and others, and includes sidebars, photographs, a time line, and suggested readings.
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Profiles a number of eighteenth through early twentieth-century inventors and entrepreneurs who helped to transform American into a global economic power, including Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, J.P. Morgan, and James Watt.
Profiles more than fifty American innovators from John Fitch, the inventor of the steamboat, to Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the creators of Google, chronicling the development of their inventions and describing their impact on American history and the world.
Discusses various inventions and innovations that have proven to be useful or crucial to development in modern times, covering areas such as communication; transportation; power and energy; building construction and civil engineering; medicine; military technology; observation and measurement; and agriculture and industry.
Chronicles the history of human achievement, featuring articles that provide introductions to ten major historical eras, each followed by a chart that displays the period's most important scientific developments in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Oceania, and Africa and the Middle East, a time line that offers a view of scientific developments during the period, and two or more picture essays.
Examines the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the lives of ordinary Americans, discussing the consequences of the manufacturing boom and new labor practices on Americans as workers and consumers, and looking at its effects on class distinctions, with excerpts from letters, diaries, and other primary sources.
Presents twenty-seven full or excerpted written works, speeches, and testimonies from some of the most important thinkers of the Industrial Revolution, grouped in the categories of economic theory, technological advances and criticisms, working conditions, and politics and law.
Examines the life of Thomas A. Edison, and describes his childhood and education, his laboratories in New Jersey and New York City, his early inventions--which includes the phonograph and the light bulb--and other related topics.
Contains eighteen full or excerpted written works, speeches, and other primary documents associated with the development of the Industrial Age, including the Interstate Commerce Act, the Sherman Antitrust Act, and segments of novels by Horatio Alger.
Relates the histories of over 120 inventions that have become staples of modern life, including the electric iron, sliced bread, the wine box, submarines, typewriters, jet skis, the disposable syringe, and bar codes, each with photographs, facts, and anecdotes.
Traces the development of weapons through the lives of such inventors and their inventions as David Bushnell and the submarine, Samuel Colt and the revolver, John Ericsson and the battleship, Hiram Maxim and the machine gun, and Ernest Swinton and the tank.
Provides an overview of the Industrial Revolution from its origins in England in the mid-1700s, to the development of the global economy, and includes sidebars, glossary terms, and suggestions for further reading.
Photobiography of early twentieth-century photographer and schoolteacher Lewis Hine, using his own work as illustrations. Hines's photographs of children at work were so devastating that they convinced the American people that Congress must pass child labor laws.
The outbreak of the Civil War brought women into the forefront of society, both as nurses and representatives of their absent husbands at home. Furthermore, abolition brought all African-American women into free society. Strength in Numbers explores the effects of war on women of all ethnicities, as well as the growth of suffrage and women's involvement in the exploration of the West.
Profiles men and women whose ideas and innovations have had a significant impact on the world, including modern-day magnates Russell Simmons and Ted Turner; John Fitch, inventor of the steam-powered boat; the immigrant creator of the Maidenform bra; Barbie designer Ruth Handler; and others
Examines the building of the transcontinental railroad, from several angles: its financing by enterprising and unscrupulous entrepreneurs; its creation by determined, inventive engineers; its backbreaking construction by laborers from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds; and its devastating impact on the Native Americans whose land the project plowed through.
Explores the employee unrest that preceeded the fire that tore through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City on March 25, 1911 andforced the government to enact the most comprehensive workplace saftey laws in the country.