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The Dawn of Innovation: The First American Industrial Revolution

af Charles R. Morris

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In the thirty years after the Civil War, the United States blew by Great Britain to become the greatest economic power in world history. That is a well-known period in history, when titans like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and J. P. Morgan walked the earth. But as Charles R. Morris shows us, the platform for that spectacular growth spurt was built in the first half of the century. By the 1820s, America was already the world's most productive manufacturer and the most intensely commercialized society in history. The War of 1812 jump-started the great New England cotton mills, the iron centers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and the forges around the Great Lakes. In the decade after the War, the Midwest was opened by entrepreneurs. In this book, Morris paints a vivid panorama of a new nation buzzing with the work of creation. He also points out the parallels and differences in the nineteenth century American/British standoff and that between China and America today.… (mere)
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A rather tedious reading of a book that probably would be better read in paper = but interesting discussion of the innovations in early America [generally from the Revolution to WWI], the rise of the middle class [and how the US was fortunate to essentially start off as such, and the challenge we are now facing from China, although it has hurdles of its own to deal with. Interesting history and sociology and some of the stories were really fascinating. Comes with a PDF to download. I'm not sorry I read it, but just sorry I didn't do it in paper or ebook so I could mark fascinating passages. ( )
  VictoriaJZ | Aug 29, 2017 |
Thoughtful look at the early technology battle between the US and Britain. Well written and informative. ( )
  Whiskey3pa | Jul 30, 2013 |
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He begins “The Dawn of Innovation” with a fascinating account of how the rivalry of the early United States and Britain to dominate the Great Lakes produced a “shipbuilders’ war” that helped trigger industrial development here. While generations of historians have pointed to how military production techniques inspired civilian innovations before the Civil War, Morris argues that mass production in manufacturing industries from clocks to furniture began earlier and was more crucial than is often thought.
tilføjet af rsubber | RedigerNew York Times Book Review, Michael Lind (pay site) (Feb 3, 2013)
 
Mr. Morris does a particularly good job of explaining the crucial importance of synergy in economic development, how one development leads to another and to increased growth. . . . The author's in-text illustrations and diagrams are very helpful in showing the cleverness and ingenuity of mechanisms designed by such forgotten giants as the clockmaker Eli Terry, the gun maker Thomas Blanchard and the steam-engine designer George H. Corliss. Mr. Morris's deft character sketches bring them to life as well. . . . The steam engine powered the steamboat and the railroad, which knitted the country together into the huge common market, allowing industrial economies of scale that would, in the later 19th century, astonish the world. Mr. Morris has written an illuminating narrative that shows, among much else, what happened when Yankee ingenuity met the Industrial Revolution. . . . It is a story well worth telling, and Mr. Morris tells it well.
tilføjet af sgump | RedigerWall Street Journal, John Steele Gordon (Nov 20, 2012)
 
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In the thirty years after the Civil War, the United States blew by Great Britain to become the greatest economic power in world history. That is a well-known period in history, when titans like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and J. P. Morgan walked the earth. But as Charles R. Morris shows us, the platform for that spectacular growth spurt was built in the first half of the century. By the 1820s, America was already the world's most productive manufacturer and the most intensely commercialized society in history. The War of 1812 jump-started the great New England cotton mills, the iron centers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and the forges around the Great Lakes. In the decade after the War, the Midwest was opened by entrepreneurs. In this book, Morris paints a vivid panorama of a new nation buzzing with the work of creation. He also points out the parallels and differences in the nineteenth century American/British standoff and that between China and America today.

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