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STS.001 Technology in American History, Spring 2003

Bridge on Orange & Alexandria [Virginia] Railroad, 1865.
Bridge on Orange & Alexandria [Virginia] Railroad, as repaired by army engineers under Colonel Herman Haupt, 1865. (Photo courtesy of Andrew J. Russell. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Civil War Photographs Collection, [reproduction number LC-USZC4-4589].)

Highlights of this Course

An extensive list of history of technology books for review is available for this course. In addition, a final exam guide and several study guides may be downloaded.

» View this course in Simplified Chinese courtesy of China Open Resources for Education (CORE).

Course Description

This course will consider the ways in which technology, broadly defined, has contributed to the building of American society from colonial times to the present. This course has three primary goals: to train students to ask critical questions of both technology and the broader American culture of which it is a part; to provide an historical perspective with which to frame and address such questions; and to encourage students to be neither blind critics of new technologies, nor blind advocates for technologies in general, but thoughtful and educated participants in the democratic process.


Prof. Merritt Smith

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

One session / week
1 hour / session




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