Measuring America How an Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy

ISBN-10: 0452284597
ISBN-13: 9780452284593
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 9/30/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

In 1790, America was in enormous debt, having depleted what little money and supplies the country had during its victorious fight for independence. Before the nation's greatest asset, the land west of the Ohio River, could be sold it had to be measured out and mapped. And before that could be done, a uniform set of measurements had to be chosen for the new republic out of the morass of roughly 100,000 different units that were in use in daily life. Measuring Americatells the fascinating story of how we ultimately gained the American Customary System-the last traditional system in the world-and how one man's surveying chain indelibly imprinted its dimensions on the land, on cities, and on our culture from coast to coast.

Measuring America Introduction
The Invention of Landed Property
Precise Confusion
Who Owned America?
Life, Liberty, or What?
Simple Arithmatic
A Line Drawn in the Wilderness
The French Dimension
Democratic Decimals
The Birth of the Metric System
Dombey's Luck
The End of Putnam
The Immaculate Grid
The Shape of Cities
Hassler's Passion
The Dispossesed
The Limit of Enclosure
Four Against Ten
Metric Triumphant
Epilogue: The Witness Tree
Acknowledgments
Appendix: General Tables of Units of Measurement
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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