Title page for ETD etd-05222007-091438

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Mannikko, Nancy Farm
URN etd-05222007-091438
Title Brothers professionally and socially : the rise of local engineering clubs during the Gilded Age
Degree PhD
Department Science and Technology Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hirsh, Richard F. Committee Chair
  • Engineering
  • Gilded Age
  • voluntary associations
  • Professionalism
Date of Defense 1997-10-27
Availability unrestricted
Scholars in the history and sociology of engineering in the United States have commented critically on the unwillingness of twentieth century engineers to participate actively in politics. Alfred Chandler, for example, has noted the absence of engineers in Progressive Era reform movements, while Edwin T. Layton Jr has criticized engineers in the 1920s for an excessive focus on sterile status seeking. This perceived lack of twentieth century engineering activism is especially puzzling given that nineteenth-century American engineers and engineering societies did not hesitate to lobby openly for clean water, smoke abatement, municipal reform, and numerous other issues.

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