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Marking Modern TimesA History of Clocks, Watches, and Other Timekeepers in American Life$
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Alexis McCrossen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226014869

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226015057.001.0001

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Unveiling the Jewelers’ Clock

Unveiling the Jewelers’ Clock

(p.1) Introduction Unveiling the Jewelers’ Clock
Marking Modern Times

Alexis McCrossen

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores the history of timekeepers, focusing to their manufacturing, marketing, and acquisition, in order to chart certain points along the trajectory of modern time discipline. Before the Meridian time was established, jewelers and watchmakers held significant positions in society. Most of them asserted authority in the measurement and distribution of time. Their influence waned after the American Civil War, when the government slowly asserted their power in standardizing the regulation of time.

Keywords:   time, timekeepers, Meridian time, American Civil War, measurement, government, jewelers

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