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Everyday things in American life, 1776-1876

Author: William Chauncy Langdon
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©1941.
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Everyday things of this period were boats of various kinds ... the conveyances of roads and of railroads for land travel, and the appliances rendered possible by steam for use in mining, agriculture.
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Langdon, William Chauncy, 1871-1947.
Everyday things in American life, 1776-1876.
New York : Scribner, ©1941
(OCoLC)609203194
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Chauncy Langdon
OCLC Number: 4918475
Description: 398 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: I. The Eastern river craft --
Logs and rafts from Maine --
Dories for Massachusetts fishermen --
Gundalows --
Keelboats in the Mohawk and Susquehanna --
The Chesapeake Bay log canoe --
The "Conner" --
Flatboats for the rice crop --
The South Carolina "patroon" --
Cotton-laden flatboats --
II. Early roads and turnpikes --
From horse trail to corduroy road --
Travellers over the corduroy --
The Plank road --
The Turnpike --
Roads bring an expanding horizon --
The McAdam turnpike --
The- Toll gate --
Advantages of the turnpike --
III. The Directing power --
Early river commerce --
Early plans for canals --
The Spirit of cooperation --
The Settlers need markets --
Robert Morris's reports --
The Force of the Constitution --
IV. Covered bridges --
Crossing streams at fords --
Single-plank bridges --
Problem of bridging wide streams --
Burr's king-post truss --
Toll bridges --
Roofs for bridges --
Bridges built to last --
V. The Cumberland-National Road --
Need for roads --
The General route laid out --
The Cumberland road in politics --
The Road extended west --
Conestoga wagons on the highway --
Conestoga horses and their harnesses --
The Old wagoners and their recreations --
The Stagecoach --
The Postilion --
The Stage driver a personage --
Inns and taverns on the road --
The Road carries America over the mountains --
VI. Great water highways into the west --
The Adaptable raft --
Pirogue, bateau, and keelboat --
Ark, flatboat, barge and packet --
Fitch's steamboat --
Fulton-Livingston partnership --
The Experimental steamboat --
The Clermont's first voyage --
Steamboats to New Orleans --
Clippers at sea --
VII. When canals had their day --
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal --
The Pennsylvania Canal --
A "Canal trip" over the mountains --
Passengers on the canal --
The Erie Canal --
Population along the canals --
VIII. When trading was retail --
The Peddler --
The Old-time general store --
Barter and cash --
Beginning of specialty stores --
Advertising in the newspapers. IX. What's new and the newspapers --
Newspapers of the early period --
Growth of newspapers --
Improved printing presses --
Hamilton's newspaper --
The Political press --
The Independent newspaper --
Cheaper newspapers --
The New York Sun --
The New York Herald --
Greely founds The Tribune --
X. Home-life : downstairs --
The Dining room and its furniture --
Hearty meals --
The Pantry --
The Kitchen --
Early cook books --
The Hall and the stairway --
The Dignity of the parlor and its furnishings --
The Study --
XI. Home-life : upstairs --
The Bedrooms --
Fireplaces and stoves --
From candlelight through lamp light to gas light --
The Bathroom --
Decoration --
The Daguerreotype --
Panoramic wallpaper --
XIII. Clothes and their material --
Flax and cotton --
Linsey-woolsey --
Weaving linen cloth --
Sheep-raising --
Sheep's wool into warm cloth --
The Stevens textile mills --
The Cotton gin --
Cotton manufacturing --
Cotton prints --
Fashions for men and for women --
The Sewing machine --
Mr. Butterick's first pattern --
XIII. The Leading metals --
The Mining industries --
Lake Superior copper --
Copper utensils and nails --
Various kinds of coal --
Prejudice against anthracite --
Mining and transporting --
The Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company --
Coal a booming industry --
Smelting iron --
Coke --
The Bessemer process --
XIV. Horse-power in agriculture --
The Scythe --
The Cradle --
Binding sheaves by hand --
Threshing by flail and by horse --
Harvesting east and west --
Hussey's reaper --
The McCormick reaper --
XV. Steam in transportation --
Early roads --
The First "rail-roads" were horse propelled --
Oliver Evans's "Orukter Amphibolos" --
John Stevens's steam railroad --
The Pennsylvania Railroad --
The Baltimore & Ohio --
Peter Cooper's steam engine --
The New York Central develops --
Dickens on the American railroad --
The Idea of a transcontinental railroad --
Lincoln and the Union Pacific --
XVI. Celebrating a hundred years --
County and state fairs --
The Idea of an International Exhibition --
The Exhibition buildings --
Music at the exhibition --
The Opening and closing ceremonies.
Responsibility: William Chauncy Langdon.

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Everyday things of this period were boats of various kinds ... the conveyances of roads and of railroads for land travel, and the appliances rendered possible by steam for use in mining, agriculture.

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