New PDF release: A Hammer in Their Hands: A Documentary History of Technology

By Carroll W. Pursell

ISBN-10: 0262162253

ISBN-13: 9780262162258

ISBN-10: 0262661993

ISBN-13: 9780262661997

Scholars operating on the intersection of African-American background and the historical past of expertise are redefining the assumption of know-how to incorporate the paintings of the expert artisan and the ingenuity of the self-taught inventor. even though denied entry via so much of yank historical past to many new applied sciences and to the privileged schooling of the engineer, African-Americans were engaged with more than a few applied sciences, as makers and as clients, because the colonial period. A Hammer of their arms (the name comes from the recognized music approximately John Henry, "the steel-driving guy" who beat the steam drill) collects newspaper and journal articles, ads for runaway slaves, letters, folklore, excerpts from biography and fiction, criminal patents, protest pamphlets, and different basic assets to record the technological achievements of African-Americans.Included during this wealthy and sundry assortment are a letter from Cotton Mather describing an early approach to smallpox inoculation introduced from Africa by way of a slave; choices from Frederick Douglass's autobiography and Uncle Tom's Cabin; the accomplice Patent Act, which barred slaves from keeping patents; articles from 1904 via Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois, debating the difficulty of commercial schooling for African-Americans; a 1924 article from Negro international, "Automobiles and Jim Crow Regulations"; a photo of an all-black international warfare II wrestle squadron; and a 1998 presidential govt order on environmental justice. A Hammer of their palms and its better half quantity of essays, know-how and the African-American adventure (MIT Press, 2004) should be crucial references in an rising sector of study.

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