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Scientific Americans: Invention, Technology, and National Identity

Susan Branson


This book explores the place of science and technology in American efforts to achieve cultural independence from Europe and America's nation building in the early republic and antebellum eras. This engaging tour of scientific education and practices among ordinary citizens charts the development of nationalism and national identity alongside roads, rails, and machines. The book shows how informal scientific education provided by almanacs, public lectures, and demonstrations, along with the financial encouragement of early scientific societies, generated an enthusiasm for the application of sci ... More

Keywords: scientific education, nationalism, national identity, American nation, cultural independence, nation building, antebellum era

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9781501760914
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501760914.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Branson, author
Syracuse University