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Other titles in the Industrial Revolution in America series:
The Industrial Revolution in America: Communications, Agriculture and Meatpacking, Overview/Comparison (Industrial Revolution in America)by Kevin Hillstrom
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The concluding three-volume set in ABC-CLIO's landmark Industrial Revolution in America series offers vivid reminders of how this economic renaissance changed virtually every facet of American life.
CommunicationS≪/i> takes readers from the telegraph to the telephone and beyond, showing how improvements in communication (aided by better transportation) helped create a truly national marketplace. Agriculture and Meatpacking details the shift of agriculture from family farms and local trade to mass production and agribusiness, sparking the development of a full range of farm machinery and spawning the rise of a new metropolis practically overnight. The concluding Overview/Comparison volume looks at the Industrial Revolution as a whole—revealing the impact of various industries on each other and gauging the revolution's broader social and political legacy in the United States and around the world.
Book News Annotation:
It was not subtle, nor was it slow. The Industrial Revolution in America took on every aspect of life in short order and created an entirely new national identity. In addition, individuals had to completely reorder their families, public lives and identities. This nine-volume set for general readers considers how technologies affected lives and concludes with these three volumes. The two on communications and on agriculture and meatpacking describe innovations and inventions, major entrepreneurs and companies, the lives of the workers, labor organizations and reform movements, impacts on the environment and the effects of immigration, the influence of communications technologies on society, art and literature, and comparisons to the modern era. The overview/comparison volume follows the same sequence, comparing the effects of the Industrial Revolution on iron and steel, railroads, steam shipping, textiles, mining and petroleum, automobiles, agriculture and meatpacking and communications. Includes full citations. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This three-volume set concludes ABC-CLIO's groundbreaking series on the Industrial Revolution as it played out in the United States, offering volumes on the communications industry and the agriculture and meatpacking industries—plus a concluding overview volume on the causes, courses, and interconnections among the industries that brought such dramatic change to our lives.
• Sidebars take readers deeper into fascinating topics, such as the role of the railroads in the rise of Chicago's meatpacking industry and in the spread of the telegraph
• Biographical sketches of larger-than-life entrepreneurs including Samuel F. B. Morse, Cyrus McCormick, and Philip Armour
The Industrial Revolution began in Europe but really caught fire in the United States, sparked by abundant natural resources, an engaged government and entrepreneurial class, and an energized and ambitious population. These forces came together most dramatically in the communications and food industries, where the United States introduced innovations that transformed the entire world.
• Rounds out the Industrial Revolution in America series by focusing on industries that remain at the center of readers' experiences and that continue to thrive on innovation
• Provides an unmatched level of detailed coverage on often-overlooked aspects of America's industrial history, including the environmental and social impact of emerging industries
• Accessible, engaging, yet authoritative and written to comply with national and local standards for history education
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