A Hammer in Their Hands: A Documentary History of Technology and the African-American Experience

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Carroll W. Pursell
MIT Press, 2005 - 397 oldal

Scholars working at the intersection of African-American history and the history of technology are redefining the idea of technology to include the work of the skilled artisan and the ingenuity of the self-taught inventor. Although denied access through most of American history to many new technologies and to the privileged education of the engineer, African-Americans have been engaged with a range of technologies, as makers and as users, since the colonial era. A Hammer in Their Hands (the title comes from the famous song about John Henry, "the steel-driving man" who beat the steam drill) collects newspaper and magazine articles, advertisements for runaway slaves, letters, folklore, excerpts from biography and fiction, legal patents, protest pamphlets, and other primary sources to document the technological achievements of African-Americans.Included in this rich and varied collection are a letter from Cotton Mather describing an early method of smallpox inoculation brought from Africa by a slave; selections from Frederick Douglass's autobiography and Uncle Tom's Cabin; the Confederate Patent Act, which barred slaves from holding patents; articles from 1904 by Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois, debating the issue of industrial education for African-Americans; a 1924 article from Negro World, "Automobiles and Jim Crow Regulations"; a photograph of an all-black World War II combat squadron; and a 1998 presidential executive order on environmental justice. A Hammer in Their Hands and its companion volume of essays, Technology and the African-American Experience (MIT Press, 2004) will be essential references in an emerging area of study.

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COLONIAL ERA
1
New World Skills
7
Advertisement for a Fugitive Slave 1769
14
ANTEBELLUM YEARS
21
A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States 1856 and A Journey in the Back Country
23
Life and Times of Frederick Douglass 1882
29
The Fugitive Blacksmith or Events in the History of James W C Pennington
37
Conductor on the Underground Railroad
49
Industrial Employment
193
The Automobile
209
WORLD WAR II AND THE COLD WAR
221
1942
229
After the War
255
THE MOVEMENT AND BEYOND
277
Ties to Africa
289
Engineering Careers
301

Slave Labor as Reported in Niles Weekly Register 1849 and DeBows Southern
66
1843
87
The Eclipse Clothes Wringer c 1880s
100
THE PROGRESSIVE ERA
107
BETWEEN THE WORLD WARS
179
Accessing the Information Age
339
Technological Troubles
357
Neighbors Rally to Fight Proposed WasteBurner 1992
371
Further Readings
385
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Carroll Pursell is Adjunct Professor of Modern History at Macquarie University, Australia.

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