Engines of Change is based on a Smithsonian Institution exhibit of the same title. The principal theme is the importance of technological transfer. It ventures beyond discussion of machines and tools to consider the effects of geographical dimension, natural resources, business practices, the role of women, ethnic diversity, and education. In this work the authors present a pictorial history of the Industrial Revolution in America, derived from surviving artifacts, historical prints, and other graphic materials. By means of this work they bring about a fuller understanding of the major developments in American technology, business, economics, and labor, tracing the migration of technology and technologists from Europe to America, where skilled craftsmen—combined with the richness of natural resources and the energy and innovations released by the young nation's political freedoms—enabled industrialism to flourish.
Brooke Hindle and Stephen Lubar
BROOKE HINDLE was the director of the National Museum of American History from 1974 to 1978. He is best known for his pioneering research into the role of technology and objects in the social history of the United States. STEPHEN LUBAR is the director of Brown University's public humanities program. He was formerly Chair of the division of the history of technology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.