Telephone

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Overview

Alexander Graham Bell's request to his assistant to "come here" revolutionized the way America's citizens communicated with one another. Bell's humble but transformative invention, the telephone, remains a crucial part of daily life and is used by billions of people worldwide every day. The far-reaching telephone network drew in America's most isolated citizens and gathered almost everyone into a simultaneously intimate and national conversation. Then, a nation of prairie farmers, small-town families, and big-city tycoons could connect over great distances. Now, it is impossible to imagine the technological and social achievements of the twentieth century without the telephone's integration into society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604130683
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Building America Series: Then and Now
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction A Worldwide Web 7

Chapter 1 The Dawn of Telecommunications 11

Chapter 2 Bell's Harmonic Telegraph 17

Chapter 3 A Neck-and-Neck Race 25

Chapter 4 A Cloud of Suspicion 38

Chapter 5 Selling the Telephone 47

Chapter 6 Building a National Network 66

Chapter 7 A Nationwide Competition 79

Chapter 8 An Age of Innovation 96

Chapter 9 The Industry Transformed 109

Chronology and Timeline 120

Glossary 124

Bibliography 126

Further Resources 128

Picture Credits 129

Index 130

About the Author 136

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