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It is impossible to consider the life of a man like Edison without placing him in the context of the

It is impossible to consider the life of a man like Edison without placing him in the context of the

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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 
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  • Fall '10
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  • Sherman Antitrust Act, John D. Rockefeller, new industrial order, steel industry. Transportation, life. Frederick Jackson, foster tremendous growth

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