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Explores ways in which innovations in mailing, printing, publishing, and telecommunications altered the political, economic, and social life of America from the late 19th century to the years preceding World War I
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Grade 4-8. Focusing on the 1800s, Gan covers the postal service, books, newspapers, magazines, and the telegraph and telephone. Each chapter begins with either the invention or its advent in Colonial America. Important changes and trends are followed all the way into the early 1900s, providing a context for the communication technology of the 19th century. The chapters are well organized, e.g., readers are told about the postal reforms before learning how they influenced the book trade. Black-and-white photographs and colored reprinted sketches from the time enhance children's understanding of the topic. The book covers the basics and provides enough detail for report writers. Although early communication technology predominantly featured white men, the author makes an effort to include women and African Americans wherever possible. An interesting and well-written addition.?Yapha Nussbaum Mason, Brentwood Lower School, Los Angeles
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Book Description Chelsea House Pub, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0791028453