Springfield Armory’s central role in the industrialization of America

Perhaps less appreciated is the Springfield Armory’s central role in the industrialization of America and the acceleration of the pace of technology’s influence in our everyday lives. Philosophically, it also represents the vexing irony that the economic drivers of war may inevitably have lead to dramatic advances during peacetime that both vastly improved the quality of human life and fueled a regional economy that went on to sustain legions of skilled workers and their families. Some might say that it also represents the beginning of the “military-industrial complex”—and they might be right—but perhaps this phenomenon, while out-of-control in the modern world, was not fully apparent to our forefathers, and so they might be forgiven for their myopic focus on the tasks at hand.

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