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Minding the Machine: Languages of Class in Early Industrial America

Stephen Rice


This book offers a new understanding of class formation in America during the several decades before the Civil War. This was the period in the nation's early industrial development when travel by steamboat became commonplace, when the railroad altered concepts of space and time, and when Americans experienced the beginnings of factory production. These disorienting changes raised a host of questions about what machinery would accomplish. Would it promote equality or widen the distance between rich and poor? Among the most contentious questions were those focusing on the social consequences of ... More

Keywords: class formation, America, industrial development, machinery, mechanization, class relations, mechanics' institute movement, manual labor school movement, factory production

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520227811
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520227811.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Rice, author