Science and techlogy are central to history of the United States, and this is true of the Colonial period as well. Although considered by Europeans as a backwater, the people living in the American colonies had advanced tions of agriculture, surveying, architecture, and other techlogies. In areas of natural philosophy-what we call science-such figures as Benjamin Franklin were admired and respected in the scientific capitals of Europe. This book covers all aspects of how science and techlogy impacted the everyday life of Americans of all classes and cultures. Science and Techlogy in Everyday Life in Colonial America covers a wide range of topics that will interest students of American history and the history of science and techlogy: * Domestic techlogy-how colonial women devised new strategies for day-to-day survival * Agricultural-how Native Americans and African slaves influenced the development of a American system of agriculture * War-how the frequent battles during the colonial period changed how industry made consumer goods This volume includes myriad examples of the impact science and techlogy had on the lives of individual who lived in the New World.
William E. Burns has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Maryland, and Mary Washington College. His earlier books include An Age of Wonders: Prodigies in Later Stuart Politics and Culture (2002) and Witch Hunts in Europe and America: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 2003).
William E. Burns
Date of Publication
The Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series: Science and Technology in Everyday Life