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The Telegraph in America, 1832-1920
     

The Telegraph in America, 1832-1920

by David Hochfelder
 

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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, 1832–1920 examines the correlation between

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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, 1832–1920 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 information—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. With this book, Hochfelder supplies us with an introduction to the early stirrings of the information age.

Editorial Reviews

MAKE: A Literary Magazine - Daniel Wuebben

While offering new insights into the relationship between Western Union and Associated Press, Hochfelder's strongest contribution to the history of telegraphy is his analysis of wiring on financial markets and the subsequent spread of speculation and gambling fueled by private wires and telegraph ticker services.

New Books in Communications - Jeff Pooley
In The Telegraph in America, 1832–1920, David Hochfelder provides a taut and consistently intelligent history of the telegraph in American life. The book is notable for both its topical breadth—encompassing war, politics, business, journalism, and everyday life—as well as its focused, argument-driven chapters.

EH.Net - Alex Nalbach

The author... develops nuanced analyses to the impact of telegraphy on upon American life.

American Historical Review - David Goodman
Hochfelder’s work is exemplary in its caution about mediator technology-specific claims to exceptionalism or determinism. This authoritative and persuasive book will remain an essential reference for scholars.

Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly - Christopher H. Sterling
For a quick assessment of telegraphy’s development and impact, this insightful book is hard to beat.

Journal of American History - Menahem Blondheim

Heavily researched and very clearly presented.

New Books in Communications

In The Telegraph in America, 1832–1920, David Hochfelder provides a taut and consistently intelligent history of the telegraph in American life. The book is notable for both its topical breadth—encompassing war, politics, business, journalism, and everyday life—as well as its focused, argument-driven chapters.

American Historical Review

Hochfelder’s work is exemplary in its caution about mediator technology-specific claims to exceptionalism or determinism. This authoritative and persuasive book will remain an essential reference for scholars.

Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

For a quick assessment of telegraphy’s development and impact, this insightful book is hard to beat.

EH.Net

The author... develops nuanced analyses to the impact of telegraphy on upon American life.

MAKE: A Literary Magazine

While offering new insights into the relationship between Western Union and Associated Press, Hochfelder's strongest contribution to the history of telegraphy is his analysis of wiring on financial markets and the subsequent spread of speculation and gambling fueled by private wires and telegraph ticker services.

Journal of American History

Heavily researched and very clearly presented.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421407975
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/14/2012
Series:
Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Richard R. John

This well-researched and lucidly argued book will prove indispensable to specialists in the history of technology, journalism, and finance.

Meet the Author

David Hochfelder is an associate professor of history at University at Albany, SUNY.

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