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Mastering Iron: The Struggle to Modernize an American Industry, 1800-1868

Anne Kelly Knowles


Veins of iron run deep in the history of America. Iron making began almost as soon as European settlement, with the establishment of the first ironworks in colonial Massachusetts, yet it was Great Britain that became the Atlantic world’s dominant low-cost, high-volume producer of iron, a position it retained throughout the nineteenth century. It was not until after the Civil War that American iron producers began to match the scale and efficiency of the British iron industry. This book argues that the prolonged development of the US iron industry was largely due to geographical problems the Br ... More

Keywords: veins of iron, history of America, iron making, European settlement, ironworks, colonial Massachusetts, high-volume producer, iron, American iron producers, British iron industry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226448596
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226448619.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Kelly Knowles, author