American Iron, 1607-1900

Awards:   Winner of PROSE Award for Best Book in General Engineering 2002 (United States)
Author:   Robert B. Gordon (Yale University)
Publisher:   Johns Hopkins University Press
Volume:   19
ISBN:  

9781421435008


Pages:   362
Publication Date:   24 March 2020
Format:   Paperback
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American Iron, 1607-1900


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  • Winner of PROSE Award for Best Book in General Engineering 2002 (United States)

Overview

Originally published in 1996. By applying their abundant natural resources to ironmaking early in the eighteenth century, Americans soon made themselves felt in world markets. After the Revolution, ironmakers supplied the materials necessary to the building of American industry, pushing the fuel efficiency and productivity of their furnaces far ahead of their European rivals. In American Iron, 1607-1900, Robert B. Gordon draws on recent archaeological findings as well as archival research to present an ambitious, comprehensive survey of iron technology in America from the colonial period to the industry's demise at about the turn of the twentieth century. Closely examining the techniques-the hows -of ironmaking in its various forms, Gordon offers new interpretations of labor, innovation, and product quality in ironmaking, along with references to the industry's environmental consequences. He establishes the high level of skills required to ensure efficient and safe operation of furnaces and to improve the quality of iron product. By mastering founding, fining, puddling, or bloom smelting, ironworkers gained a degree of control over their lives not easily attained by others.

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Author:   Robert B. Gordon (Yale University)
Publisher:   Johns Hopkins University Press
Imprint:   Johns Hopkins University Press
Volume:   19
Dimensions:   Width: 17.80cm , Height: 2.10cm , Length: 25.40cm
ISBN:  

9781421435008


ISBN 10:   1421435004
Pages:   362
Publication Date:   24 March 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Contents: Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Iron Chapter 2: Ore, Fuel, and Other Natural Resources Chapter 3: The Rise of American Iron, 1720-1860 Chapter 4: Smelting with Charcoal Chapter 5: Converting Pig Iron to Wrought Iron Chapter 6: Coal-Fired Blast Furnaces Chapter 7: Steel Chapter 8: Shaping Iron and Steel Chapter 9: Iron Quality Chapter 10: Ironmaking Eclipsed, 1860-1900 Chapter 11: The Industrial Archaeology of Iron Appendix A: Metallography Appendix B: Iron Production Data Notes Glossary Essay on Early Treatises and Primary Sources Index

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The best available history of the technology of American iron. * Business History * This long-needed book is the best one-volume work extant on how ferrous metals were manufactured before the industrial revolution swept across the United States in the late 19th century... The value of this informing study is enhanced by the quality of the maps, scale drawings and pictures. * American Scientist * A fascinating history of the iron industry... Gordon's strong interests in historic metallurgy and industrial archaeology provide a unique perspective that makes this a valuable addition to the literature. * Michigan Historical Review *


A fascinating history of the iron industry... Gordon's strong interests in historic metallurgy and industrial archaeology provide a unique perspective that makes this a valuable addition to the literature. --Michigan Historical Review This long-needed book is the best one-volume work extant on how ferrous metals were manufactured before the industrial revolution swept across the United States in the late 19th century... The value of this informing study is enhanced by the quality of the maps, scale drawings and pictures. --American Scientist The best available history of the technology of American iron. --Business History


Author Information

Robert B. Gordon is a professor of geophysics and applied mechanics at Yale University. His books include The Texture of Industry, Toward a New Iron Age?, and A Landscape Transformed.

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