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Comment on The Rise of Coal Technology – Harris by khinds101

The last paragraph grabbed my attention. This is actually the first time I’ve read an article that questioned the relation of the Industrial Revolution and Britain’s impact on it. Very interesting. Anyways, I found a website that has a neat graph that shows the statistics on the consumption of coal in Britain at the time. It works well with your summary, showing the significance of the usage of coal: http://earlywarn.blogspot.com/2011/07/energy-in-industrial-revolution.html

Comment on Early Iron Making in America by aarong

Great post Gabriel! Metalworking certainly is an interesting process. Just like in today’s society, the majority of goods produced during the 18th and 19th century either had metal parts or were produced using metal parts. In order to metal to make these parts, iron had to be separated from any contaminants in order to produce the strongest result. As Lewis states, blacksmiths first employed the use of the bloomery, which was relatively effective, but did not produce well-purified iron. The blast furnace, while more expensive, produced much more iron of a higher quality and at a faster rate. This technology really began to open up the metalworking industry, resulting in cheaper, stronger iron and therefore cheaper, higher-quality products.

Comment on Fisk, “Arkwright” by Jared Cochran

I really enjoyed reading your summary and you did a very good job at summarizing this article and outlining all of the main points from the article. One question that I had from reading the article, and maybe you thought of this too, but without Thornley’s death and the addition of Need and Strutt as financial backers who both had connections in the textile industry, do you think that Arkwright would have been able to patent the spinning machine before other inventors and would have the success that he had?

Comment on Early Iron Making in America by khinds101

Good description about the process of how iron was made. It’s always interesting to read about the origins of the significant technologies (like iron). after reading this, I became curious to see the iron-making process live. I found a video on a group of people who smelted iron in a traditional bloomery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsywnQJMJEk
Also, if anyone was curious to know how iron not only impacted the Americas, but other countries as well. This source talks about the Iron Age: https://www.history.com/topics/pre-history/iron-age

Comment on Early Iron Making in America by kylefoster

I think metal working is really cool. In the article, Lewis talks about how blooming was used to create wrought iron, but I didn’t really understand the process that was used. However, I found a really cool source who gets really detailed and explains the process really well:
http://www.haraldthesmith.com/an-introduction-to-iron-smelting-part-i-theory/

Early Iron Making in America

“Early Iron Making in America” by Lewis discusses the reason iron making began in colonial America and how colonial Americans made iron. In the early colonial days, almost all tools were mad of wood except for parts that needed to be used for cutting or striking. Machines like water wheels, gears, and spinning wheels were …

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Summary of the Chapter “Early Foundations” in David Lewis’ Iron and Steel in America

David Lewis seeks to elucidate the importance of iron replacing wood as the dominant material for a whole sleuth of technologies early Americans used daily even though the practice was brought over from Europe. The world’s tools and machines were mainly made from wood before the implementation of iron which directly juxtaposes most societies that …

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The Rise of Coal Technology – Harris

Coal, the remains of dead plants and biomass, carbonized into a dark black rock; dustier than Kansas with Toto, but burns beautifully. By the end of the 1600’s England was mining nearly every coal field they had, producing nearly two to three million tons (recent studies have questioned the accuracy of that number). With such …

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