People-Works: The Labor of Transport, An Online Exhibit

We are excited to publish our first online exhibit, a peer-reviewed digital edited volume of cutting-edge historical research that incorporates visual and multimedia components. Our guest editor Kate McDonald has spent the past year working with the authors of this collection and developing its structure. Think of it as a hybrid of what you would […]

People-Works: The Labor of Transport, An Introduction

Editor’s Introduction What would the history of transportation look like if the stories were about people rather than machines? About the constant presence of human power instead of the rise, expansion, and decline of transportation networks? The exhibits that follow tell the histories of the people without whom transportation systems would not function. From brick […]

Hand-Made Streets: The Role of Labor in Making, Installing and Maintaining Street Pavement Prior to the Dominance of Asphalt

Robin B. Williams, Savannah College of Art and Design Table of Contents Street Pavements before Asphalt The Labor of Street Paving Cleaning Streets Heritage Work Notes Introduction The paving of streets with macadam, blocks or bricks represented a vital development in the modernization of cities beginning in the nineteenth century. It also represented the product […]

Maintaining Safety Through Regulatory Enforcement

Lee Vinsel, Virginia Tech Table of Contents Introduction How Can Danger Go Unnoticed? Crash Tests as Necessary Work Instrumenting a Car for Crashing How to Standardize a Wall Fiat’s Non-Conforming Testing Grounds Keeping Dangerous Technologies Off the Road Notes Introduction Figure 1. A Parking Lot Full of Cars That Were Traded in Because They Contained Defective […]

African Automobility: Mammy Trucks In Twentieth-Century Ghana

Jennifer Hart, Wayne State University Table of Contents Body work Mammy trucks Training drivers Testing officers Local transport cultures “Modern men” Trotro – a “proper” car Urbanization and technological change New models, old business Economic crisis and creativity Conclusion References Introduction This exhibit uses a technological object – the “mammy truck” – as a framework […]

Weather Workers: The Unseen Scientific Labor Behind Air Transport

Roger Turner, Science History Institute Table of Contents Knowing Weather Theorizing a Three-Dimensional Atmosphere A Model Airline Weather Service The Weather Man at Washington Meteorological “Labor?” Pilots Observe the Upper Air The Labor behind Instruments Airline Meteorologists at Work Aviation Meteorologists during World War II Advertising Airline Meteorology Aviation Shapes the TV Weather Report Jet […]

Restricted Cargo: Chinese Sailors, Shore Leave, And The Evolution Of U.S. Immigration Policies, 1882-1942

Andrew Urban, Rutgers University Table of Contents Immigrant or Sailor? Assigning Legal Status in the Era of Exclusion Asian Labor and Global Shipping During the Long Nineteenth Century Wages, Nativism, and Chinese Seamen Regulating and Policing Sailors’ Shore Leave Intermediaries: Brokers, Bondsmen, and Other Service Providers Anti-Chinese Activism in San Francisco and Great Britain: Shared […]

People-Works: Media Metadata Inventories

Below you will find all of the Media Metadata Inventories for each of the articles organized by the last name of the author. These files are essential to showing the rights permissions and sources of each of the pieces of media displayed in this online exhibit. The inventories are saved as spreadsheets and provide a […]

People-Works: Citing this Exhibit & Notes about Licensing & Images

Citing this exhibit McDonald, Kate, ed. People-Works: The Labor of Transport. 2018. Accessed [MONTH] [DATE], [YEAR]. Citing an exhibit module Hart, Jennifer. “African Automobility: Mammy Trucks in Twentieth-Century Ghana.” In People-Works: The Labor of Transport, ed. Kate McDonald. 2018.  Accessed [MONTH] [DATE], [YEAR]. Citing a specific page Williams, Robin. “Street Pavements Before Asphalt.” […]