Excellent study 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, 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 illus. References.