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Hopewell Furnace:
A Pennsylvania Iron-making Plantation--
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By looking at Hopewell Furnace: A Pennsylvania Iron-Making Plantation, students explore how Hopewell functioned as a productive work unit and how work defined social relationships in this early National period community. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park System. Visit the park's web page to learn more about the park's history and visiting the site.

National Park Service History
Units of the National Park System include resources that are of such national significance as to justify special protection and recognition by various acts of the Unites States Congress. Hopewell Furnace is recognized as being of national significance under the theme of industry. Visit this page to understand why.

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
The Commission website contains information on the role of the iron and steel industry in the history of the state and on Cornwall Furnace and the Scranton Iron Furnaces, historic sites administered by the Commission.

American Iron and Steel Institute
The Steel Learning Center has a useful section on how a modern blast furnace works.

Library of Congress
Search the Library of Congress's American Memory web page for primary resources on iron making and early National period America.

The Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record Collection
The Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record Collection contains information, photographs, and drawings of historic iron making furnaces and other related installations across the country.

For Further Reading
Students and educators wishing to learn more about Hopewell Furnace and the Hopewell Furnace community may want to read: Hopewell Furnace: A Guide to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Pennsylvania (Washington, D.C.: Division of Publications, National Park Service, Handbook 124, 1983) or Joseph E. Walker, Hopewell Village: A Social and Economic History of an Iron Making Community (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1966).


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