Civil War High Tech: Excavating the Hunley and Monitor

moderator: Merritt Roe Smith, History Faculty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
author: Maria Jacobsen, Warren Lasch Conservation Center
author: David A. Mindell, MIT, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, (STS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
author: Brendan Foley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
published: Aug. 7, 2012,   recorded: April 2003,   views: 2766

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In the last few years, archaeologists have recovered two of the Civil War’s most ingenious inventions: the Union ironclad warship Monitor and the Confederate submarine Hunley. In this symposium panelists discuss the newest technology projects that have brought these inventions to light from the sea depths, and what they can teach about technology and the Civil War.

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