Age of Marvels

From the vantage point of twenty-first technology, it is easy for us to view nineteenth century america as being technologically primitive.  Our ancestors living then certainly did not view themselves in such a light.  They thought they were living in a time of incredible technological change, and they were right.  Within 30 years of the first half of the nineteenth century, steamships, railroads and the telegraph, along with hundreds of other inventions, revolutionized life more than any change in technology that we have witnessed in our lifetimes. 

Americans were proud at the time of the technological revolution they were witnessing.  In the seventh of the Lincoln-Douglas debates in Alton, Illinois on October 15, 1858, Douglas hit upon this theme: (more…)

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Published in: on March 16, 2011 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on Age of Marvels  
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