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Emory Kemp is the founder and director of the Institute for the History of Technology and Industrial Archaeology at West Virginia University, where he also served as a chair and professor of civil engineering and a professor of history. This collection of essays encompasses over fifty years of his research in the field of the history of technology.

Within these twelve essays, Kemp describes and analyzes nineteenth century improvements in building materials such as iron, steel, and cement; roads and bridges, especially the evolution of the suspension bridge; canals and navigable rivers, including the Ohio River and its tributaries; and water supply systems. As one of the few practicing American engineers who also researches and writes as an academic, Kemp adds an important historical context to his work by focusing not only on the construction of a structure but also on the analytical science that heralds a structure’s design and development.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Robert J. Kapsch
  3. pp. 1-6
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  1. 1. The 1859 Wheeling Custom House: A Harbinger of Iron and Steel Skeletal Framing
  2. pp. 7-22
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  1. 2. Charles Ellet Jr. (1810–1862): Portrait of an Engineer
  2. pp. 23-44
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  1. 3. A Thoroughfare Through the Howling Wilderness: The Weston & Gauley Bridge Turnpike
  2. Emory L. Kemp and Janet K. Kemp
  3. pp. 45-90
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  1. 4. The Pulaski Skyway—Railway Economic Theory Applied to Superhighway Design
  2. Dara Callender and Emory L. Kemp
  3. pp. 91-141
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  1. 5. James Finley and the Origins of the Modern Suspension Bridge
  2. pp. 142-167
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  1. 6. French Movable Dams in America
  2. pp. 168-186
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  1. 7. Building the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway
  2. pp. 187-252
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  1. 8. Benjamin Franklin Thomas and the Introduction of the French Needle Dam into the United States
  2. pp. 253-286
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  1. 9. John Jervis and the Hydraulic Design of the Old Croton Aqueduct
  2. Edward Winant and Emory L. Kemp
  3. pp. 287-312
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  1. 10. The Muskingum Navigation
  2. pp. 313-352
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  1. 11. French Movable Dams on the Great Kanawha River
  2. pp. 353-384
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  1. 12. The Little Kanawha Navigation
  2. Larry Sypolt and Emory Kemp
  3. pp. 385-409
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 410-410
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  1. About the Authors, Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781940425030
Related ISBN
9781938228810
MARC Record
OCLC
891081923
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2014-11-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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