Republicanism and Technology

October 4, 2013

This week we read parts of Civilizing the Machine by John Kasson along with an article about the impact of the printing press, specifically on Europe, immediately after its invention.  One of the topics that we discussed at length was the idea of republicanism and how technology and republicanism overlapped in early U.S. history.  One [...]

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Technological Determinism

September 24, 2013

Today in class, we discussed a book titled “Does Technology Drive History?” Which focuses on the idea of technological determinism. We discussed both the plausible and absurd aspects of the idea that technology directs the world down a specific path of history. To build on the discussion, we headed over to the AAS to look [...]

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Jacob Bigelow

September 21, 2013

This past Monday, our class discussed four articles commenting on technology’s relationship with history and progress.  Then, we trekked on over to the AAS library to delve into four primary documents written by Jacob Bigelow.  Though at first glance, these documents fail to focus on technology, Professor Klinghard’s probing questions led us to realize how [...]

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First Impression of the Seminar

September 15, 2013

My first impression of the American Antiquarian Society seminar was great!  We got to meet Professor Klinghard and the rest of the students in our class.  There were not only students from Assumption in the seminar, but there were students from schools like WPI, Clark, and Holy Cross as well.  After getting to know everyone, [...]

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The First Class

September 13, 2013

We had our first day of class this week at the AAS.  It was very exciting! We had part of our class in the Goddard-Daniels House.  It is very beautiful and antique looking in the house.  We discussed some of the reading we had done and got to know everyone that is participating in the [...]

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First Class

September 12, 2013

Our first class on Monday was a very interesting experience!  All the other students from different Worcester colleges seem studious, and Professor Klinghard seems very friendly and passionate about our topic.  We had a short discussion about one of our readings, and it opened my eyes to an angle that I hadn’t seen before when [...]

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First Impression

September 10, 2013

Hello again! I was very excited for my first day at the American Antiquarian Society on Monday! Though a bit intimidating, it was great to finally get going on the seminar and see what I would be doing for the next few months. The facilities were impressive and seem like a fantastic environment to learn [...]

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Introduction

September 8, 2013

Hello to all! My name is Jason Duke and I hail from Palmer, Massachusetts. I have the pleasure of being the fourth member of my family to attend Assumption College as I am currently a Junior, following in the footsteps of my mother, father, and sister. In my spare time, I have a huge passion [...]

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intro

September 8, 2013

My name is Erich Grosse.  I am a Junior at Assumption College.  At Assumption my original plan was to only be a management major, but after a few history classes intrigued me, I have decided to double major in history as well.  I run cross country and I am involved in many extracurricular activities,  including [...]

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Introduction

September 8, 2013

My name is Maura Corbett, and I am an Assumption College senior this year.  I am a double major in English Literature and the Classics, concentrating in Ancient Greek.  I also plan on being a History and Medieval Studies minor. When I first heard about the AAS seminar from a friend two years ago, I [...]

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