Using Muncie, Indiana, as a touchstone, David Nye explores how electricity seeped into and redefined American culture.
New edition of a textbook for students with no knowledge of algebra. Using Muncie, Indiana--the Lynds' now iconic Middletown--as a touchstone, Nye (American history, U. of Copenhagen) explores how electricity seeped into and redefined American culture. He shows how electricity touched every part of American life, how it became an extension of political ideologies, how it virtually created the image of the modern city, and how it even pervaded colloquial speech, confirming the values of high energy and speed that have become hallmarks of the 20th century. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)