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Eli Whitney and the birth of American technology

Author: Constance McLaughlin Green; Oscar Handlin
Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown [1956]
Series: Library of American biography.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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A series of specific challenges led Eli Whitney to exercise his ingenuity in technology and made him an engineer. His cotton gin revolutionized Southern agriculture. And the problems of manufacturing large quantities of guns drove him to develop principles important in his own time, and even more important later. The application of those principles would one day give American industry the structure within which it  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Green, Constance McLaughlin, 1897-1975.
Eli Whitney and the birth of American technology.
Boston, Little, Brown [1956]
(OCoLC)609544743
Named Person: Eli Whitney; Eli Whitney; Eli Whitney; Eli Whitney; Eli Whitney
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Constance McLaughlin Green; Oscar Handlin
ISBN: 0316326216 9780316326216
OCLC Number: 234377
Description: vii, 215 pages 21 cm.
Contents: Editor's preface --
Economic problems of the United States at the end of the Revolution --
Yankee youth --
The invention of the cotton gin --
The career of Miller & Whitney : the fight for a legal monopoly --
The first contract for muskets --
The birth of the "uniformity system" --
The struggle for widespread acceptance --
The last years and ultimate achievements --
A note on the sources.
Series Title: Library of American biography.
Responsibility: Constance McL. Green ; edited by Oscar Handlin.

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A series of specific challenges led Eli Whitney to exercise his ingenuity in technology and made him an engineer. His cotton gin revolutionized Southern agriculture. And the problems of manufacturing large quantities of guns drove him to develop principles important in his own time, and even more important later. The application of those principles would one day give American industry the structure within which it more than fulfilled the ambitions of the Revolutionary generation. This is the absorbing story Constance Green has told through a skillful mingling of personal narrative and technological analysis. - Editor's preface.

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