Measuring America How an Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy
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Description: 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.
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Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 9/30/2003
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
|Measuring America Introduction|
|The Invention of Landed Property|
|Who Owned America?|
|Life, Liberty, or What?|
|A Line Drawn in the Wilderness|
|The French Dimension|
|The Birth of the Metric System|
|The End of Putnam|
|The Immaculate Grid|
|The Shape of Cities|
|The Limit of Enclosure|
|Four Against Ten|
|Epilogue: The Witness Tree|
|Appendix: General Tables of Units of Measurement|