A Hammer in Their Hands: A Documentary History of Technology and the African-American Experience

22Dec08

A Hammer in Their HandsI am really thankful to individuals like Carroll Pursell, a Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University, who see a need and seek to meet it. The need you ask? The need for a long overdue book that details the rich history of African-Americans use and development of technology. A Hammer in Their Hands takes you on a journey of African-Americans in Technology from the Colonial Era to the Present. According to the inside cover of the book, a large collection of newspaper and magazine articles, advertisements for runaway slaves, letters, folklore, excerpts from biography and fiction, legal patents, protest pamphlets, and other sources were used to document the technological achievements of African-Americans. 

My favorite essay in the book is the History of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) by Jerry Good. Jerry takes you through the organizations humble beginnings in the Engineering Department at Purdue University and really details the people and events that makes NSBE a premier organization for African-American Engineers. This is truly an excellent book that I recommend you add to your library.

Mikey Digital

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