Skywalkers

Mohawk Ironworkers Build the City

David Weitzman

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Skyscrapers define the American city.  Through a narrative text and gorgeous historical photographs David Weitzman explores Native American history and the evolution of structural engineering and architecture, illuminating the Mohawk ironworkers who risked their lives to build our cities and their lasting impact on our urban landscape.

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PEOPLE OF THE FLINT
“We had a reputation as rivermen and ironworking was a different kind of work. We didn’t have the tools or traditional skills to fall back on—it was our introduction to the industrial age.”
—Conway Jocks, Kannawake ironworker
To be accurate, they are not really “Mohawks.” The Indians of southern New England called the tribe the Mohowawogs, which means “man-eaters”—and by all accounts they did eat some of their captives taken in war. Early Dutch and English explorers heard the word as “Mohawks.

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"Creating a sense of impending disaster, the chapter on the Quebec bridge collapse writes that the designer dismissed alarming reports by workers and engineers and includes a dramatic narrative of the final days. Later chapters trace the history and traditions of Mohawk ironworkers throughout the last century and consider myths and realities of their portrayal in the media. The choice of period photos is excellent. Few writers make engineering and construction as fascinating as Weitzman, the author illustrator of Pharaoh’s Boat (2009)." — Starred, Booklist

"Weaving together architectural, engineering and Native American history, Weitzman tells the fascinating story of how Mohawk Indian ironworkers helped construct the sprawling bridges and towering skyscrapers that dominate our urban landscape…Illustrated with black-and-white photographs that capture the daring spirit of these heroic workers, the concise, captivating account offers great insight into the little-known but considerable role Native Americans played in our architectural and engineering achievements." —Kirkus Reviews

 "Stunning photographs complement Weitzman's comprehensive research and clear text in this memorable tribute to Mohawk ironworkers." —VOYA

 

"This winning blend of architectural history, anthropology, and American Indian achievement compares favorably to series such as 'Building History' (Lucent). It will be especially useful for report writers."School Library Journal

 

"Social history, architectural history, and engineering case studies mingle in this involving account of the Kahnawake Mohawk…"BCCB

 

"With historical photographs throughout, a glossary, and a stellar list of sources, the book reads well, looks good, and tells much." Horn Book Magazine


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David Weitzman

DAVID WEITZMAN is the author and illustrator of more than a dozen books for children on America's industrial and technical history.

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Skywalkers
Mohawk Ironworkers Build the City
David Weitzman

Hardcover

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Roaring Brook Press
Flash Point
September 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781596431621
ISBN10: 1596431628
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
7 x 9 inches, 128 pages, Black-and-white line illustrations
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

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AR Quiz Number: 139486
AR Book Level: 7.8
AR Points: 5

$21.99

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Roaring Brook Press
Flash Point
4/29/2014
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ISBN: 9781466869813
ISBN10: 146686981X
Middle-Grade Nonfiction128 pages, Black-and-white line illustrations
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
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