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Unformatted text preview: It is impossible to consider the life of a man like Edison without placing him in the context of the economic order that was dominant at the time. It is important to think about how America's chief business concerns of the time–the dominance of the corporation, the "robber barons," and questions of how unchecked capitalism were affecting labor and the poor–affected innovation. In this world, inventions were useless if they did not make money, and Edison planned accordingly. He never invented a product if he did not believe there was a market for it. This was the era of the telegraph and the railroad, of John D. Rockefeller's oil empire and Andrew Carnegie's steel industry. Transportation and communications made great leaps and bounds during this period. The transatlantic telegraph and the Suez Canal made the world much smaller than it had been in the past. And the rise of colonialism in made the world much smaller than it had been in the past....
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course ART 2313 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.
- Fall '10