The Factory: A Social History of Work and Technology

The Factory: A Social History of Work and Technology

by Allison Marsh


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The book goes beyond the assembly line to examine the physical environment of the industrial landscape.

• Appeals to readers interested in world history, industrial tourism, and the robotics industry

• Explains the significance of the factory to American history and culture

• Tells the story of American factory work through spaces and objects

• Details how factory buildings have evolved over the years

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440853326
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/07/2018
Series: History of Human Spaces
Pages: 165
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Allison Marsh is director of Public History at the University of South Carolina. She is also chair of the Curriculum and Training Committee of the National Council on Public History.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction: The Evolution of Manufacturing Systems and Spaces xi

Chronology xxv

1 Architecture of a Factory 1

2 Machine Shops and Other Early Industrial Spaces 21

3 The Textile Mill 37

4 The Industrial Kitchen 61

5 The Automotive Assembly Line 87

6 The Clean Room 111

Epilogue: The Postindustrial Landscape 131

Glossary 147

Selected Bibliography 155

Index 161

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