Revised Research Paper: Horseshoes

Beginning centuries ago, the use of horses made many aspects of society more efficient, especially agriculture.  The horseshoe as a new piece of technology resulted in the increase in food production.  Starting as a simple cloth boot, the horseshoe developed over time as the use of horses became more advanced.  The horseshoe proves its importance …

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Comment on Tarkov- Engineering the Erie Canal by David Barney by laurenmunson

Nice summary! The mention of engineers constructing canals is the part of your summary that I found most interesting. Canal building really influenced the development of engineering as a career. The first time that we have heard the term ‘engineer’ in class and applied to society was during canal construction in the 19th century. The importance of engineers is highlighted through your summary.

John R. Harris: The Rise of Coal Technology

Though coal had been around for centuries, it did not become a major energy source until the Industrial Revolution.  In the Middle Ages prior to the Industrial Revolution, coal was used only by blacksmiths and other metalworkers.  As the advantages of coal became more well-known throughout the centuries, it became more prevalent in industrial society.  …

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Comment on Cotton Statistics: “Cotton is King” by laurenmunson

Nice post! I really appreciated the side note that is included because it transitions into economical aspects of the Civil War. After I finished reading, I wondered why India had the second largest share in the cotton industry in the world. Though there is a huge gap between the U.S.’s production and India’s production, I was surprised to find that India had a substantial cotton industry in the 1800’s. I found a great article explaining economical effects of the American Civil War in other cotton producing countries, so I attached that below. The main point of the article highlights that cotton industries took off in smaller countries, like India, as a result of the U.S.’s inability to export cotton during the Civil War.

Comment on Fisk, “Arkwright” by laurenmunson

I enjoyed reading your post. You did a great job walking through the timeline of Arkwright’s life.
Though he is seen as a ‘founding father’ in the textile industry, I think the most important thing to take note of is Arkwright’s value of education, and from that, his choice to prohibit young, unskilled children in the workplace. I’m sure that this idea was revolutionary in the late 1700’s. Prior to Arkwright, production and efficiency were valued above everything else; the more produced, the more successful a company was considered, even if this child labor was required. The shift to giving children an education led to a huge societal change.

E. R. Chamberlin: Changes in English Agriculture

Agricultural efficiency has been continuously improving since the very beginning of food production.  In the 1700’s, land enclosure was a major factor in this increase in efficiency.  In his article Changes in English Agriculture, Chamberlin addresses the part that English government played in regulating the enclosure of land.  Because of the government’s role in land …

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Comment on Father of Fortress – Falkner by laurenmunson

I really enjoyed your post and found it very informative. Most of the history that we have looked at this semester has focused on pieces of technology rather than specific people of importance. Neither is more important than the other, but this provided new insight which was interesting. Great job explaining Vauban’s importance even after death; it is clear that his contributions were very important and influential even after his lifetime.