A History of Industrial Power in the United States, 1780-1930

A History of Industrial Power in the United States, 1780-1930

Vol. 3, The Transmission of Power

eBook - 1991
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the development of industrial steam power, explains important technological achievements, and looks at influential inventors, engine builders, and entrepreneurs

MIT Press
This richly documented overview of the evolution of power systems completes a major contribution to the history of American technology, business, and society.
This richly documented overview of the evolution of power systems completes a major contribution to the history of American technology, business, and society. Volume 1, a survey of the continuing use of water power in the nineteenth century, was published in 1979 and was awarded the Dexter Prize in the history of technology. Volume 2, published shortly after Hunter's death in 1984, dealt with the advent of steam power. Now Lynwood Bryant has edited and completed Hunter's draft materials to create the concluding volume he had planned, which carries the story of water power and steam power into the twentieth century and introduces the revolution in power supply created by electric transmission.

Louis Hunter brought to his historical work a combined interest in economics and the details of technology. The Transmission of Power begins with the use of men and animals as prime movers for the earliest American industry and continues with the development of many new types of engines to provide mechanical power for workshops too small for steam, which comprised the bulk of nineteenth-century America's manufacturing base. It then reviews the long transition from single prime movers to networks of electric power transmitted from central stations. The concluding section focuses on the special energy distribution problems of the mining and oil-drilling industries.

Publisher: Charlottesville, Va. : Published for the Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation by the University Press of Virginia, 1991
ISBN: 9780585354026
0585354022
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxv, 596 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation

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