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America's Covered Bridges: Practical Crossings—Nostalgic by Ronald G. Knapp, Terry E. Miller

By Ronald G. Knapp, Terry E. Miller

The background of North the US is in lots of methods encapsulated within the historical past of her lined bridges. The early 1800s observed a big increase within the building of those bridges, and within the years that as many as 15,000 lined bridges have been equipped. this day, fewer than 1000 remain.

Without coated bridges to span the rivers and supply entry to giant swaths of the internal that had formerly been tough to access—America by no means might have built the way in which she did.

In America's lined Bridges, authors Terry E. Miller and Ronald G. Knapp inform the attention-grabbing tale of those bridges, how they have been equipped, the technological breakthroughs required to build them, and exceptionally the commitment and talent in their developers. all the bridges, no matter if nonetheless status or long past, has a narrative to inform concerning the nature of the United States on the time—not simply approximately its transportational wishes, however the availability of fabrics and the technological prowess of the folk who outfitted it.

This e-book is basically full of attention-grabbing tales and information—passionately informed by means of major specialists in this topic. The publication could be of great curiosity to a person drawn to American background, carpentry and early expertise.

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13. For an extended treatment of the evolution of intermediaries in this market for technology, see Lamoreaux and Sokoloff (2003). 14. Given that the lag between the 1836 reform and the onset of the acceleration is nearly a decade, one might seriously question whether the latter can be attributed to the former. Although the lag is troubling, it is worth noting that the persistent and severe contraction triggered by the panic of 1837 and lasting through 1843 would likely have depressed rates of inventive activity.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 93, 12686–12692. , and Kenneth L. Sokoloff. 1999a. ’’ In Gary D. , Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Growth (Vol. 11, 67–121). : JAI Press. , and Kenneth L. Sokoloff. 1999b. ’’ Working paper 7107, NBER, Cambridge, Mass. , and Kenneth L. Sokoloff. 1999c. ’’ In Naomi R. Lamoreaux, Daniel M. G. , Learning by Doing in Markets, Firms, and Countries (19–57). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. , and Kenneth L. Sokoloff.

2002. The Free-Market Innovation Machine: Analyzing the Growth Miracle of Capitalism. : Princeton University Press. Borut, Michael. 1977. D. dissertation, New York University. Carlson, W. Bernard. 1991. Innovation as a Social Process: Elihu Thomson and the Rise of General Electric, 1870–1900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Cooper, Carolyn C. 1991. Shaping Invention: Thomas Blanchard’s Machinery and Patent Management in Nineteenth-Century America. New York: Columbia University Press. Davis, Lance E.

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