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Mastering Iron: The Struggle to Modernize an American Industry, 1800-1868
Veins of iron run deep in the history of America. Iron making began almost as soon as European settlement, with the establishment of the first ironworks in colonial Massachusetts. Yet it was Great Britain that became the Atlantic world’s dominant low-cost, high-volume producer of iron, a position it retained throughout the nineteenth century. It was not until after the ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published December 15th 2012)
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What an interesting book! Perhaps not everyone would immediately be grabbed by a history of the early American iron trade, but I had a special interest because some of my ancestors worked in the field. I ordered the book based on reading an article about the author, Anne Kelly Knowles, in Smithsonian magazine. Knowles is a pioneer in the field of using GIS, a type of mapping software that allows her to see connections that are not apparent in traditional historical research. One fruit of her ...more