Civilizing the Machine: Technology and Republican Values in America, 1776-1900

John F. Kasson

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Civilizing the Machine: Technology and Republican Values in America, 1776-1900

Civilizing the Machine Technology and Republican Values in America A major theme of American history has always been the desire to achieve a genuinely republican way of life that values liberty order and virtue In Civilizing the Machine John F Kasson asks how new

  • Title: Civilizing the Machine: Technology and Republican Values in America, 1776-1900
  • Author: John F. Kasson
  • ISBN: 9780809016204
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Paperback
  • A major theme of American history has always been the desire to achieve a genuinely republican way of life that values liberty, order, and virtue In Civilizing the Machine, John F Kasson asks how new technologies have affected this drive for a republican civilization and the question is as vital now as ever Civilizing the Machine was an innovative and compelling work whA major theme of American history has always been the desire to achieve a genuinely republican way of life that values liberty, order, and virtue In Civilizing the Machine, John F Kasson asks how new technologies have affected this drive for a republican civilization and the question is as vital now as ever Civilizing the Machine was an innovative and compelling work when it first appeared two decades ago Kasson s analysis of the technical developments in transportation, communication, and manufacture from the Revolution to the of the nineteenth century showed how technologies were dealt with in sources as diverse as the debates of Hamilton and Jefferson the factories of Lowell, Massachusetts the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson the prints of Currier Ives and the utopian and dystopian novels of Howells and Twain His profound, wide ranging inquiry into this central issue in American history is now available again with a new Introduction by the author.

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    1. Pen on said:

      In this classic work, which Kasson intends as a “history of America’s own response to technology” (vii), he asserts that during the period in question technology was fundamental to Americans’ understanding of their own republican possibilities. Beginning in the late colonial period, Kasson examines American response as the twin revolutions—political and industrial—impacted the colonies almost simultaneously. Technology was embraced as a means of self-sufficiency in support of the boy [...]

    2. Cat on said:

      I read this book after suggested it to me, and because it could be had for cheap. suggested I might like this book because I had recently purchased Leo Marx's "The Machine in the Garden" and Henry Nash Smith's "Virgin Land". I had to read no further then the author's preface to see reference to those two authors, and the book often cited to their work in those two books.Undoubtably, Chapter Two, called "The Factory as Republican Community" is a must-read. Using Goffman's concept of the "Total [...]

    3. Melissa on said:

      Something that's been sitting on my shelf for a while. . .I had a class with Kasson in NC, but this is one of his earlier books. Really found it fascinating--wonderful exploration of how we as a nation think about technology and progress. And how those thoughts connect to our republican (small r) ideals--and how that might have seriously messed us up today. This is less about the extraordinary technologial advances of the 19th century (factories! steamships! railroads!) than how we thought about [...]

    4. Michael on said:

      Excerpted as "Republican Values as a Democratic Factor" in Gary Kornblith, ed The Industrial Revolution in America (1998)How does the nation go from debates over domestic manufactures to a celebration of republican technology 50 years later? How is republicanism transformed to include a vision of machine-based manufacture?Rural economy of the 18th century provided the context in which the yeoman farmer was mythologized as the classical republican hero. "A republican society was a society of free [...]

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