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Network Nation

Inventing American Telecommunications

  • List of Illustrations* and Tables**
  • Introduction: Inventing American Telecommunications
  • 1. Making a Neighborhood of a Nation
  • 2. Professor Morse’s Lightning
  • 3. Antimonopoly
  • 4. The New Postalic Dispensation
  • 5. Rich Man’s Mail
  • 6. The Talking Telegraph
  • 7. Telephomania
  • 8. Second Nature
  • 9. Gray Wolves
  • 10. Universal Service
  • 11. One Great Medium?
  • Epilogue: The Technical Millennium
  • Chronology of American Telecommunications
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • * Illustrations:
    • “Napoleon’s Visual Telegraph: The First Long Distance System”
    • “Amos Kendall”
    • “American Progress”
    • “Jupiter Ammonopoly Orton and His Victim the Press”
    • “Getting Ready to Cut the Melon”
    • “Consolidated”
    • “The Best Kind of Monopoly”
    • “In the Clutch of a Grasping Monopoly”
    • “Telephone Traffic in Chicago”
    • “The Telephone Brings Companionship”
    • The relative size of the Bell and independent telephone exchanges in Chicago in 1915
    • “I Hope Our Bell Boy Hurries with That Ordinance”
    • “The Triumph of Science”
  • ** Tables:
    • 1. Annual operating revenue of the Post Office Department, Western Union, and the Bell System, 1866–1920
    • 2. The five largest telephone exchanges in the world, 1882, 1895, 1910, and 1920
    • 3. The popularization of the telephone in Chicago, 1899–1906

Awards & Accolades

  • 2010 Best Journalism and Mass Communication History Book Award, History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
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