American Firsts: Innovations, Discoveries, and Gadgets Born in the U.S.A

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American Firsts looks at the many inventions and developments created in America, by Americans. From toilet paper and baseball, to the disposable diaper, the zipper, and the idea of kindergarten, American inventions and sociocultural developments have made life easier, more enjoyable, and healthier for people in America, and all over the world. American Firsts offers an alluring, amusing, and amazing look at the creation and use of a wide range of American innovations, from agriculture to transportation, and ...
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Overview

American Firsts looks at the many inventions and developments created in America, by Americans. From toilet paper and baseball, to the disposable diaper, the zipper, and the idea of kindergarten, American inventions and sociocultural developments have made life easier, more enjoyable, and healthier for people in America, and all over the world. American Firsts offers an alluring, amusing, and amazing look at the creation and use of a wide range of American innovations, from agriculture to transportation, and everything in between. It's time for Americans to be proud of the wonders they have given the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564146915
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 13
Activase 17
Air Bags 18
Air-conditioning 20
The Airplane 21
Alcoholics Anonymous 22
Amazon.com 24
Anesthesia 25
Angioplasty 27
The Apgar Scale 27
The Artificial Heart 28
The Assembly Line 29
AstroTurf 29
The ATM 30
Audiotape Recording 31
The Backstroke 35
Band-Aids 36
Bar Codes 37
The Bathysphere 38
The Bifocal Lens 38
The Blender 39
The Blood Bank 40
Blue Jeans 40
The Brassiere 41
The Bread-Slicing Machine 42
Brillo Pads 42
Bubble Gum 42
The Calculating Machine 45
Caller ID 46
The Can Opener 47
Carbon Dating 48
The Cardiac Pacemaker 49
The Cash Register 50
The CAT Scan 51
ChapStick 51
Cheerios 53
Cheerios 53
Cheerleading 53
Cheese in a Can 54
The Chia Pet 55
The Chocolate Chip Cookie 55
The Clipper Ship 56
CNN 56
Coca-Cola 57
The Collapsible Ironing Board 58
Color Film 59
Abraham Lincoln's Patent Request 61
Condensed Milk 62
The Contact Lens 63
Cornflakes 65
The Coronary Bypass Operation 65
Cortisone Synthesis 66
The Cotton Gin 67
Crayola Crayons 68
The Crossword Puzzle 69
Cruise Control 69
The Cylinder Lock 70
The Dental Chair 73
Dental Floss 74
Deodorant 74
The Dewey Decimal System 76
The Dishwasher 76
The Disposable Diaper 77
The Donut 78
The Drinking Fountain 79
The Drinking Straw 79
The Drive-in Theater 80
Earplugs 83
eBay 83
The 8-track Tape 84
The Electric Chair 86
The Electric Razor 89
E-mail 90
Enovid 92
The Escalator 93
Express Delivery Service 94
The Ferris Wheel 97
Fig Newtons 98
The Flashlight 99
Floating Soap (Ivory) 100
Fluorescent Lighting 101
Fluoride Toothpaste 104
The Flyswatter 104
FM Radio 106
The Fountain Pen 106
Free Public Schools 108
The Frisbee 109
Frozen Food 111
The Gas Mask 113
Geodesic Dome 115
The Golf Tee 115
The Graham Cracker 116
The Grocery Bag 118
The Hacky Sack 121
Benjamin Franklin on Progress and the Future 122
"Happy Birthday To You" 123
Instant Replay 125
The Jacuzzi 131
Jazz 131
Jell-O 133
The Jukebox 134
Junior High School 135
Kevlar 137
Kitty Litter 138
Kool-Aid 138
The Lever Voting Machine 141
Life Savers 143
Liquid Paper 144
Liquid Soap 145
The Long-Lasting Incandescent Lightbulb 146
The Mailbox 149
The Microprocessor 150
The Microwave Oven 151
Monopoly 152
The MoonPie 153
Morse Code 154
The Motion Picture 156
The MRI 157
The National Parks System 159
Norplant Implantable Contraceptive 160
Novocaine 161
The Nuclear Power Plant 165
Nylon Stockings 166
The Package Saver Pedestal 169
Panty Hose 170
Paper Money With Images 170
Paper Towels 172
The Parking Meter 173
The Pencil Sharpener 173
The Personal Computer 174
The Pet Rock 175
The Phonograph 176
The Photocopy 178
Play-Doh 179
Polaroid Instant Photography 179
The Polio Vaccine 180
The Polygraph 181
The Popsicle 183
The Pop-top Can 184
The Pop-up Toaster 185
Post-It Notes 187
Potato Chips 188
Prozac 189
The Pushpin 190
Q-Tips 193
QWERTY 194
Radio Astronomy 197
In the Time of Edison 198
The Revolving Door 199
The Richter Scale 200
The Rocket 200
The Roller Coaster 201
The Rolodex 203
The Rubber Band 203
Saccharin 207
The Safety Elevator 208
The Safety Pin 208
Saran Wrap 209
Scotch Tape 210
Scrabble 210
The Sewing Machine 210
The Shopping Cart 213
Silly Putty 214
The Skyscraper 215
Slinky 215
The Slot Machine 216
The Smoke Detector 217
Sneakers 218
The Space Shuttle 218
The Sprinkler Head 219
The Tampon 221
The Tape Measure 222
The Tea Bag 222
Teflon 223
The Telegraph 223
The Telephone 224
The Telephone Book 228
Tetracycline 228
Toilet Paper 229
Touch-Tone Dialing 230
The Traffic Signal 231
Tupperware 232
The Tuxedo 233
The TV Dinner 234
The TV Remote Control 236
The Typewriter 239
Vacuum Cleaner 241
Valium 242
Volleyball 242
Waterskiing 245
WD-40 246
The Weather Channel 246
The Weather Map 248
Windows Operating System 248
Windshield Wipers 249
The Wire Coat Hanger 250
The Written National Constitution 250
Benjamin Franklin on Moral Perfection 251
The Yellow Pages 255
The Zamboni 257
The Zipper 258
Appendix 261
Notes 273
Bibliography 275
Index 277
About the Author 283
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