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The Resource America as second creation : technology and narratives of new beginnings, David E. Nye

America as second creation : technology and narratives of new beginnings, David E. Nye

Label
America as second creation : technology and narratives of new beginnings
Title
America as second creation
Title remainder
technology and narratives of new beginnings
Statement of responsibility
David E. Nye
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"After 1776, 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 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. 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." "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 over 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."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Nye, David E.
Dewey number
978/.02
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E179.5
LC item number
.N94 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Technology
  • Technology
  • Land settlement
  • Land settlement
  • National characteristics, American
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
America as second creation : technology and narratives of new beginnings, David E. Nye
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [345]-364) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: In the American beginning -- Narrating the assimilation of nature -- Surveying the ground -- Axe, clearing, cabin -- The nurturing forest -- The mill, or "natural power" -- Pollution and class conflict -- "Let us conquer space" -- "The route of superior desolation" -- "Conquered rivers are better servants than wild clouds" -- Water monopoly: federal irrigation and factories in the field -- Progress, or entropy? -- Conclusion: Second creation, conservation, and wilderness
Control code
50410434
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 371 pages
Isbn
9780262140812
Isbn Type
(hc. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2002029564
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
America as second creation : technology and narratives of new beginnings, David E. Nye
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [345]-364) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: In the American beginning -- Narrating the assimilation of nature -- Surveying the ground -- Axe, clearing, cabin -- The nurturing forest -- The mill, or "natural power" -- Pollution and class conflict -- "Let us conquer space" -- "The route of superior desolation" -- "Conquered rivers are better servants than wild clouds" -- Water monopoly: federal irrigation and factories in the field -- Progress, or entropy? -- Conclusion: Second creation, conservation, and wilderness
Control code
50410434
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 371 pages
Isbn
9780262140812
Isbn Type
(hc. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2002029564
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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