The First American Industrial Revolution

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Charles R. Morris tells the history of the Industrial Revolution in America and explains how, after the Civil War, the United States blew by Great Britain to become the greatest economic power in the world. In The Dawn of Innovation: The First American Industrial Revolution, Morris paints a portrait of a new nation buzzing with the work of creation.







Charles R. Morris

Comments [11]

Donald Sepanek from Bayonne, NJ

Just wanted to mention that it was Isaac Newton's Laws of Mechanics that opened the door to the Industrial Revolution which lead to the demand for skilled labor. This demand helped to create a middle class, the "will to freedom", and the system of democracy.

Jan. 03 2013 07:57 PM
A different Ariel from nyc

I was just about to add that I'm glad they have a stutterer on the show too.
I grew up with a bad stutter myself and feel a sense of pride when I hear a fellow stutter speak in public.
You can imagine my elation when The King's Speech won.

Jan. 03 2013 12:59 PM
tom from astoria

jgarbuz: Its a huge deal for Americans. We invented and perfected the things that China is assembling and it's only our short-sighted business 'leaders' that have GIVEN the future to China by giving away tens of millions of jobs and agreeing to give them much of our technology (they steal the rest).

Its our creativity breathing in a free land with respect for human rights that will save us. No blind following of authority here.

Jan. 03 2013 12:59 PM
Ari from NYC

As a fellow person who stutters, I am very impressed with Mr Morris' self-confidence in being able to participate in a radio interview.

Kudos Mr Morris, I will buy your book!

Those of you making fun of his stutter, shame!

Jan. 03 2013 12:57 PM
tom from astoria

My grandfather worked on the Erie Canal in the 19-teens. Our family knows the value of all those energetic Americans and all that manufacturing. Does the author have a viewpoint on our present GIVING all those manufacturing facilities to China, Mexico, Brazil today?

Jan. 03 2013 12:52 PM
Micahel D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

What importance were tariffs? They protected northern industry but the South wanted to buy British goods in return for their cotton more cheaply.

Jan. 03 2013 12:51 PM
TC from New York

There seems to be many scratches and scrapes on the CD being played during the IR interview. Funny it's only happening when the interviewee is speaking. 😄

Jan. 03 2013 12:50 PM
Ariel from NYC

Good to hear and have someone invited who mumbles. But it takes a bit of extra skill to handle a guest who mumbles. Let's practice.

Jan. 03 2013 12:49 PM
Hana Ali from Harlem

Excellent Interview! And I also want to say that as a fellow stutterer, I am truly inspired by Mr. Charles Morris's eloquent and fearless presentation!

Jan. 03 2013 12:47 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

So China regains its position as the the #1 economic power by the middle of the 21st century, so what? As late as 1820, China still was producing some 20% of entire world GDP, about the same as the US's percentage right now. China had the number 1 position until the early 19th century. Then for a century it went to the British Empire, and then to the United States, which has retained the position till now. In less than 50 more years, China will have regained the same position it had in 1800. No big deal.

Jan. 03 2013 12:46 PM

how did stealing half of Mexico (with its gold and oil) help?
Not to motion Hawaii PR Cuba and the Philippines

Jan. 03 2013 12:46 PM

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