America as Second Creation: Technology and Narratives of New Beginnings (MIT Press)

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In disagreement, Jaap Verheul takes up the opening chapter arguing that more than the Revolutionary War, which brought political freedom and independence, the War of led Americans culturally to emancipate themselves from tutelage of the old mother-country, and to explore and define the contours of American nationhood. To explore these contradictions, Nye devotes alternating chapters to narratives of second creation and to narratives of those who rejected it. Full Name Comment goes here. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Show related SlideShares at end.

More filters. Sort order. Nov 11, Mike Hankins rated it really liked it Shelves: hist-of-sci-tech , 19thc-us. The stock description nails the thesis of this book. Essentially its about how certain technologies come to be emblematic of certain ideas. Nye examines this in an American context, how, for example, the ax is the symbol of the yeoman farmer, literally creating a new world out of the wilderness, and how mill towns and railroads are symbols of progress. Nye does a good job of incorporating this with social history using primary sources, as Nye usually does. Also, as he usually does, he does it wi The stock description nails the thesis of this book.

Also, as he usually does, he does it with a great writing style.

I found the "second creation" and religious aspects played down a bit, he didn't seem to focus on them as much as I would have thought, given the title. He is very concerned with the idea of the social shared narratives that technology creates, both pro-tech and anti-tech, since America has plenty of both throughout the years. This decision, to explore both sides, is a great one that really gives the book a lot of depth.

This goes far beyond the normal realm of history of technology, this is great reading for all American historians in understanding cultural narratives and shared conceptions of American identity and how those play out in the physical world. Great stuff from a great historian. Nov 01, Brian rated it liked it Shelves: american-history-general. This book attempts to make an argument that America is a "second creation" but in the course of the book does not really define what he means by this.

It is an interesting recount of American technological history and was fairly well done. The book is written by a scholar in Denmark and the European perspective was the most fascinating part. The book examines the role of environmental history in addition to technology. It argues that mills, grid patterns, dams and resources, as well as an esoter This book attempts to make an argument that America is a "second creation" but in the course of the book does not really define what he means by this.

It argues that mills, grid patterns, dams and resources, as well as an esoteric idea of human entropy. This attempt at science is very weak and does not make a favorable impression. Ruth Cowan's book provides a better example of how technology developed although this is still a good start. It is worth a read but can be trying in its theoretical stance at times.

Has Ben sold this? Apr 23, Thor rated it it was ok Shelves: book-group. Interesting premise but drags in many places. Several good chapters.

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An academic environmental history. View 1 comment. Jan 22, Alfonso Botana rated it it was amazing. Excellent overview of the power and predominance of a variety of the most influential American narratives, especially the technological narrative- includibg it's origin and it's present influence. Kim rated it really liked it Sep 01, Alessandra rated it really liked it Nov 26, JR rated it liked it May 14, Thomas Schubert rated it really liked it Sep 21, Franklin Ridgway rated it it was amazing May 24, Gaila Sims rated it liked it Oct 11, Bhavin Agrawal rated it it was amazing May 09, Rachael Richardson rated it really liked it Jun 24, Jonathan Sedlaczek rated it it was amazing Mar 20, Olivia Griffin rated it really liked it Jan 02, Chuck Kollars rated it it was amazing Jun 24, Dana rated it liked it May 22, Anne Bettina rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Blake rated it really liked it Jul 17, Nicola Nassar rated it it was amazing May 05, Andrew Belonsky rated it really liked it Nov 10, Romalie Murphy rated it really liked it May 28, Suzanne rated it really liked it Aug 30, Nina rated it liked it May 06, Ben Nye rated it liked it Sep 21, Laura marked it as to-read Jun 18, Stephen Fife-adams marked it as to-read May 19, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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Return to Book Page. An exploration of the dialogue that emerged after between different visions of what it meant to use new technologies to transform the land.

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After , the former American colonies began to reimagine themselves as a unified, self-created community. Technologies had an important role in the resulting national narratives, and a few technologies assumed particular promine An exploration of the dialogue that emerged after between different visions of what it meant to use new technologies to transform the land.

Technologies had an important role in the resulting national narratives, and a few technologies assumed particular prominence. Among these were the axe, the mill, the canal, the railroad, and the irrigation dam. In this book David Nye explores the stories that clustered around these technologies.

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In doing so, he rediscovers an American story of origins, with America conceived as a second creation built in harmony with God's first creation. While mainstream Americans constructed technological foundation stories to explain their place in the New World, however, marginalized groups told other stories of destruction and loss. Native Americans protested the loss of their forests, fishermen resisted the construction of dams, and early environmentalists feared the exhaustionof resources. A water mill could be viewed as the kernel of a new community or as a new way to exploit labor.

If passengers comprehended railways as part of a larger narrative about American expansion and progress, many farmers attacked railroad land grants. To explore these contradictions, Nye devotes alternating chapters to narratives of second creation and to narratives of those who rejected it.

Nye draws on popular literature, speeches, advertisements, paintings, and many other media to create a history of American foundation stories. He shows how these stories were revised periodically, as social and economic conditions changed, without ever erasing the earlier stories entirely. The image of the isolated frontier family carving a homestead out of the wilderness with an axe persists to this day, alongside later images and narratives.

In the book's conclusion, Nye considers the relation between these earlier stories and such later American developments as the conservation movement, narratives of environmental recovery, and the idealization of wilderness. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September 17th by Mit Press first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Sort order. Nov 11, Mike Hankins rated it really liked it Shelves: 19thc-us , hist-of-sci-tech. The stock description nails the thesis of this book. Essentially its about how certain technologies come to be emblematic of certain ideas. Nye examines this in an American context, how, for example, the ax is the symbol of the yeoman farmer, literally creating a new world out of the wilderness, and how mill towns and railroads are symbols of progress. Nye does a good job of incorporating this with social history using primary sources, as Nye usually does.

Also, as he usually does, he does it wi The stock description nails the thesis of this book.