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The Texture of Industry: An Archaeological View of the Industrialization of North America

 
 
 
 
The Texture of Industry: An Archaeological View of the Industrialization of North America
Author: Robert B. Gordon - Patrick M. Malone
ISBN 13: 9780195111415
ISBN 10: 195111419
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1997-02-06
Format: Paperback
Pages: 464
List Price: $83.00
 
 

While historians have given ample attention to stories of entrepreneurship, invention, and labor conflict, they have told us little about actual work-places and how people worked. Workers seldom wrote about their daily employment. However, they did leave behind their tools, products, shops, and factories as well as the surrounding industrial landscapes and communities. In this book, Gordon and Malone look at the industrialization of North America from the perspective of the industrial archaeologist. Using material evidence from such varied sites as Indian steatite quarries, automobile plants, and coal mines, they examine manufacturing technology, transportation systems, and the effects of industrialization on the land. Their research greatly expands our understanding of industry and focuses attention on the contributions of anonymous artisans whose skills shaped our industrial heritage.