technology in transition lesson plan

Armory rifle stock makers, 1886
In this segment of a group portrait of Armory workers from the rifle stocking shop, taken in September 1886, each worker is shown displaying the step in completing the final stock that he performed.

Springfield Armory NHS archives, US NPS

This lesson explores the change in American manufacturing systems from individual production to mass production, made possible by the introduction of interchangeable and precision parts. The story of Springfield Armory illustrates how work and the roles of workers changed as technological innovations led to industrial growth.


Last updated: February 26, 2015

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