by distinguished historian examines lives and work of American craftsmen
in the years before the Revolution cabinetmakers, silversmiths,
pewterers, printers, painters, engravers, blacksmiths, button-makers,
shipwrights, and many more. "A fascinating study not only of
the work of the 18th-century American artisan but of his place in
pre-Revolutionary society." The New Yorker. 18 illustrations.
first published in 1990, is an unabridged republication of the work
originally published in 1950.