The Telegraph: A History of Morse's Invention and It's Predecessors in the United States

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Samuel F.B. Morse's invention of the telegraph marked a new era in communication. For the first time, people were able to communicate quickly from great distances.

The genesis of Morse's invention is covered in detail, starting in 1832, along with the establishment of the first transcontinental telegraph line in the United States and the dramatic effect the device had on the Civil War. The Morse telegraph that served the world for over 100 years is explained in clear terms. Also examined are recent advances in telegraph technology and its continued impact on communication.

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Editorial Reviews

focuses on the effect the invention had upon American history
fascinating details...good reading for anyone curious about communication
Communication Booknotes Quarterly
useful modern survey history
Focuses on the effect the invention had upon American history.
Fascinating details...good reading for anyone curious about communication.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786418084
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/26/2003
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,305,418
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

A former Morse telegrapher Lewis Coe of Crown Point, Indiana, is also the author of Wireless Radio (1996) and The Telephone and Its Several Inventors (1995).

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Table of Contents

1 The Sign of Fire 1
2 Quick as Lightning 14
3 Father of the Telegraph 26
4 Toward the Setting Sun 38
5 The Military Telegraph 51
6 How It Worked 66
7 The Telegraph Companies 86
8 Under the Sea 97
9 Learning the Trade 105
10 Life of a Telegraph Operator 114
11 Press and Other Services 123
12 The Telegraph and the Railroads 133
13 Without Wires 140
14 Changes 151
Epilogue 163
Appendixes 165
Bibliography 179
Index 181
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