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Electrifying America: Social Meanings of a New Technology, 1880-1940

 
 
 
 
Electrifying America: Social Meanings of a New Technology, 1880-1940
Author: David E. Nye
ISBN 13: 9780262640305
ISBN 10: 262640309
Edition: Reprint edition
Publisher: The MIT Press
Publication Date: 1992-07-08
Format: Paperback
Pages: 495
List Price: $50.00
 
 

Using Muncie, Indiana, as a touchstone, David Nye explores how electricity seeped into and redefined American culture.

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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)