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By Carroll Pursell

A significant other to American expertise is a groundbreaking selection of unique essays that research the hard-to-define phenomenon of “technology” in the USA. 22 unique essays by way of specialist students hide an important positive factors of yankee expertise, together with advancements in cars, tv, and computingAnalyzes the ways that applied sciences are prepared, comparable to within the engineering occupation, executive, medication and agricultureIncludes discussions of the way applied sciences engage with race, gender, classification, and different organizing constructions in American society

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Beginning in the 1790s, state governments 34 JAMES C. WILLIAMS chartered private turnpike companies to build improved roads. The first, the Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike Company, opened in 1794 and was an immediate financial success. Subsequently, scores of such corporations formed, and by 1820 all the cities along the northern and middle-Atlantic corridor were connected by improved roads. Even Congress responded to the pestering of Americans west of the Appalachians by approving construction of the National Road.

The next year, British investors financed construction of a blast furnace and finery for the Principio works, located near the head of Chesapeake Bay. They inaugurated a new era of American ironmaking that would make the British North American colonies the world’s third largest iron producers by 1770. The Principio entrepreneurs added a blast furnace on Augustine Washington’s land at Accokeek, Virginia, and by 1736 had a furnace, mine, store, gristmill, and plantation at Accokeek; a forge and plantation at North East, Maryland; and a furnace, forge, store, gristmill, and smithy at Principio.

His sons and apprentices carried Jenks’s innovations and technique to Rhode Island and, eventually, more distant colonies. Jared Eliot, Minister, Doctor, and Applied Scientist Jared Eliot (1685–1763), son of the Harvard-educated minister of Guilford, Connecticut, received a liberal preparatory education in the neighboring town of Killingworth and graduated from Yale in the class of 1704. He became minister of the Killingworth church in 1707, and his congregation, pleased with his preaching, retained him throughout his lifetime.

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