Technology in American History OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate History Course on Technology by MIT

Published May 07, 2009

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See how technology has developed alongside America's development as a country with this free OpenCourseWare from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 'Technology in American History' looks at how machines, weapons and computers have affected America throughout its history. This course can benefit students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology.

Technology in American History: Course Specifics

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Technology in American History: Course Description

America's growth and development could not have been possible without the aid of technology. This OpenCourseWare from MIT looks at the state of technological development at various points in America's history and its impact on the country as a whole. Notes from lectures delivered by Professor Merritt Roe Smith discuss a variety of topics, such as craftsmanship in early America and the later shift to mass production. Other notes on the subject of industrialization cover the development of interchangeable parts for use in firearms. The course also includes a link where students can read the full text of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Celestial Railroad accompanied by notes on the reading. This material may be useful to students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology.

Readings, lecture notes and assignments are included free with this online course. To start reading, visit the American technological history course page.

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