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Baker 1 Rob Baker Haar Survey of American History 10/31/11 Essay 2 During the late nineteenth century, there was a rise in technological developments and business strategies. These innovations helped improve industrialization in America. Many men, such as Jay Gould and John D. Rockefeller, were important figures in advancing the way our businesses were ran in America. The railroads helped Americans communicate faster than before and completely changed the way Americans lived. Because of the rise in technological developments, business strategies, and railroads, America experienced many benefits but also some drawbacks. In the nineteenth century, many technological inventions helped benefit the country. Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone in 1876 completely changed the way that Americans communicated. Shortly after the invention of the first telephone, this invention was put into the White House in 1878. Because of Bell’s invention, a revolution began in America. By the 1900’s, there were 1.5 million telephones in use throughout the nation. Since telephones had become so popular, it changed the way businesses were ran for the better by making business faster. (Divine 445) Thomas Alva Edison, also known as the “Wizard of Menlo Park”, became very famous with his inventions. In 1877 he invented the phonograph, which could record and replay sound. On September 4, 1882, Edison had made his greatest invention yet.
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