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November 25, 2022

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Description

This course will consider the ways in which technology, broadly defined, has contributed to the building of American society from colonial times to the present.

This course has three primary goals: to train students to ask critical questions of both technology and the broader American culture of which it is a part; to provide an historical perspective with which to frame and address such questions; and to encourage students to be neither blind critics of new technologies, nor blind advocates for technologies in general, but thoughtful and educated participants in the democratic process.

Course Curriculum

  • What is Technology? Unlimited
  • Technology in Colonial America Unlimited
  • Crafts and Craftsmanship in Early America Unlimited
  • Discussion of Film The Gunsmith of Williamsburg Unlimited
  • Technology and Nationalism, 1789-1825 Unlimited
  • From Swords to Ploughshares: The Development of Interchangeable Parts, 1798-1850 Unlimited
  • Technology and Politics Unlimited
  • ‘System/Order/Uniformity’: Army Engineers and the Rise of Modern Management Unlimited
  • The Railroad as a Technological Symbol in American Art Unlimited
  • Technology, Civil War, and the War’s Larger Implications Unlimited
  • “Henry Ford and the Advent of Mass Production” Unlimited
  • Guest lecture by Dr. Deborah Douglas, MIT Museum. Unlimited

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