History 408  History of American Science and Technology

Reading Worksheet


Debate over Manufacturing and Industrial Revolution

Smith Chapters 4 (pp. 103-119) and 5 (pp. 144-157)


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1. What¡¯s new and striking in these two chapters?








2. Why did Jefferson argue that America should not engage in industrialization? What were the arguments in support of manufacturing?  Did Jefferson change his mind?









3. What do the documents in chapter 5 tell you about workers¡¯ experiences during the Industrial Revolution?   Was Jefferson right in his original prediction of industrial slavery?









4. Any news items related to the subjects under discussion?





5. Do you find the readings helpful? Questions and comments?