This is one of the best scholarly treatments of the history of technology in the united states the work is well researched and represents the result of a career long effort by the author to come up with a lively history of something technology that sits at the heart of the american experience. A intro 1 the purpose is to argue that the history of technology is part of our general history the periodization is that of conventional american history colonial early republic gilded age progressive war depression war and the present. From the medieval farm implements used by the first colonists to the invisible links of the internet the history of technology in america is a history of society as well arguing that the tools and processes we use are a part of our lives not simply instruments of our purpose historian carroll pursell analyzes technologys impact on the lives of women and men on their work politics and . The machine in america a social history of technology by carroll w pursell article in the economic history review 611263 265 february 2008 with 17 reads how we measure reads. The history of technology can be approached not only as a chronology of machine development and a study of artifacts but also as a study of economic and social development a social history of american technology new york oxford university press 1997 342 p include a book and periodical collection reflecting the museums interest
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