The Telegraph in America, 1832–1920

The Telegraph in America, 1832–1920

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Telegraphy in the nineteenth century approximated the internet in our own day. Historian and electrical engineer David Hochfelder offers readers a comprehensive history of this groundbreaking technology, which employs breaks in an electrical current to send code along miles of wire. The Telegraph in America, 1832a€“1920, examines the correlation between technological innovation and social change and shows how this transformative relationship helps us to understand and perhaps define modernity. The telegraph revolutionized the spread of informationa€”speeding personal messages, news of public events, and details of stock fluctuations. During the Civil War, telegraphed intelligence and high-level directives gave the Union war effort a critical advantage. Afterward, the telegraph helped build and break fortunes and, along with the railroad, altered the way Americans thought about time and space. Hochfelder thus supplies us with an introduction to the early stirrings of the information age. -- Richard R. John, Columbia UniversityA few years since . . . messages delivered within a few hours of their reception would have caused no complaint. ... service for messages of twenty to thirty words transmitted after regular business hours for delivery the next morning. ... a€œa new class of businessa€”a feature in commercial life of writing by telegraph instead of the mail, and at a time of the day when our regular business begins to slacken.

Title:The Telegraph in America, 1832–1920
Author: David Hochfelder
Publisher:JHU Press - 2012-11-20

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