By Dean A. Herrin
From a fledgling agrarian kingdom clinging to the Atlantic seaboard in 1800, the U.S. via the 1900s was once the world's top commercial country, production a 3rd of the world's business output. via approximately 2 hundred photos and drawings, the USA reworked: Engineering and know-how within the 19th Century highlights not just the most obvious icons of feat reminiscent of the Brooklyn Bridge and Erie Canal but additionally the advance of the nation's business, production, and transportation infrastructure. improvement and innovation in mining; cloth, iron and metal generators; water therapy, energy and irrigation platforms, canals, railroads and bridges all served to remodel American lifestyles. In 1969 the nationwide Park provider, the Library of Congress, and the yankee Society of Civil Engineers shaped the old American Engineering list (HAER) application to record nationally and domestically major engineering and commercial websites. HAER documentation--in the kinds of measured and interpretive drawings, large-format images, and written histories--record for posterity the big old engineering and commercial legacy of the us. utilizing those assets, Dean Herrin has created a visible sampler of America's nineteenth-century engineering and expertise that illuminates the scope and diversity of America's commercial transformation
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America Transformed: Engineering and Technology in the Nineteenth Century : Selections from the Historic American Engineering Record, National Park Service by Dean A. Herrin