History 408  History of American Science and Technology

Reading Worksheet


Steam and Railroad

Smith Chapter 6


Date:                                                    Name: 

1. What¡¯s new and striking to you in this chapter?






2. How do you compare people¡¯s views of the railroad in the 19th century with our views of the internet today?






3. How did the Native Americans view the railroad?






4. What does Cronon mean when he says that the railroad helped create a ¡°second nature¡±? 







5. What does Adas mean when he said that machines, such as the railroad, became a measure of man?






6. Do you find the readings helpful? Questions and comments?  Any relevant news item or website?