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The Communication Revolution of the 19th Century
Transcript of The Communication Revolution of the 19th Century
"A Brief History of Typewriters." A Brief History of Typewriters. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Dec. 2012.
I mainly thought that this cite was helpful purely because of the pictures. It didn't contain a lot of information but I think all the pictures were really fun and interesting to look at and explore. This was more of a 'fun' cite then one that I used for informational research.
Casale, John. "Telegraph-History." Telegraph-History. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Dec. 2012.
This is the main cite that contains over 25 links to pictures, maps, and information about people that were a part of the telegraph industry. It contains maps of the United States lines of the Morse's Electro-Magnetic Telegraph that were being constructed. It also contains a map of the telegraph stations in the United States. The author added in a really cool section about Samuel Morse's last message. Many people know the story about his first telegraph message so it was neat to learn about his last one as well. There are also many pictures of different pictures of telegraphs and the people who built them.
Economic History Association. "History of the U.S. Telegraph Industry." Economic History Services. Economic History Association, n.d. Web. 7 Dec. 2012.
This site was packed with words, and useful information. Although I did read every word of it, I was only able to use so much of it before my whole project became based on just the Telegraph Industry. It provides information on people who tried to create a telegraph, and those who succeeded in making one come to life. The author takes you through a story of history based on Samuel Morse, Claude Chappe, Amos Kendall, Leonard Gale, and Alfred Vail. Not only does it tell a story of this group but another group who made rival patents in the competition of telegraphs. As if all this wasn't enough, the article includes useful graphs, maps, and timelines.
"The Evolution of Communication Media." About.com Inventors. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Dec. 2012.
This article is all about the Evolution of Communication Media. On this first page it only tells the story of the newspaper presses and how the newspaper industry was improved. Within the limited amount of space given the author makes sure to pack of punch of information. I feel like the author did a really good job of only putting in the needed information and leaving out the space fillers. I really enjoyed how this article was written which lead me to continue reading the rest of the articles on the communication revolution. I didn't even think of putting anything about the newspaper industries into my project because I didn't think they had that much of an effect on the communication era, I was wrong. After this article I was able to include a chunky portion into the Newspaper Industry section.
The Great Idea Finder. "Inventor Christopher Sholes Biography." Inventor Christopher Sholes Biography. The Great Idea Finder, n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2012.
I found this site after I had already gotten all the information I needed on Christopher Sholes typewriter invention. It's a short and simple story of the journey he went through to create and patent the typewriter. There was useful information on this birth, death, and his definition of a typewriter. The author also includes a short timeline of milestones. The most helpful part of this cite was the list of other websites that was listed at the very bottom to help with further research.
"The Invention of The Typewriter." About.com Inventors. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Dec. 2012.
After reading about the Newspaper Industry, I was lead to the next part of history - Typewriters. Again, I wasn't even going to add this into the project. I felt that the author did a very good job at explain what happened in the typewriting industry so I had to include this into my project. We're told a story about people who weren't given credit for inventing the original typewriters and a story about the person credited for being the father of it. Both stories are intriguing and informational. The author did a very good job of keeping this article cleaned up and didn't add any unnecessary clutter into the mix.
United States Postal Service. "Abraham Lincoln, Postmaster." Usps. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Dec. 2012.
This was a very short description on Abraham Lincoln’s service as a Postmaster. The author was very informational and was able to include a lot of information within a short amount of space. At the very bottom of the article is another quote. Although I didn't use this one in my project, it was accurate and showed that the author really did the research in putting this article together. It describes how much Lincoln was paid, what his job was, and how he upheld the image of 'Honest Abe'.
United States Postal Service. "The History of the United States Postal Service: An American History." Usps.com. N.P., n.d. Web. 7 Dec. 2012.
On this first page, the authors gave a quote on what the Second Continental congress agreed on in Philadelphia. This quote was quite educational, and I ended up using it in part of my project. They did a good job at summarizing how 18th, 19th, and 20th century helped improve the industry. This cite really helped me to improve on my project, and gave me more topics to research and investigate on. The typewriter was vital to the communications revolution because it provided a way for the blind to clearly write. Before the typewriter they couldn't clearly communicate their thoughts on paper, but after the invention of the type writer many more people were able to communicate through it. The typewriter was like the early 'computer'. Because of this invention we now have a keyboard with a computer system that is leading us through another communications revolution as we speak. House's Telegraph Alexander Bain's Telegraph Samual Morse's Telegraph