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Unformatted text preview: AMS 206 January 27, 2011 Mechanization Takes Command Summary In the preface, Alan Trachtenberg explains his concern with the effects of corporate system on American culture, values, outlooks, and the way of life. In chapter two, Mechanization Takes Command, Trachtenberg discusses factories, railroads, and telegraph wires the engines of a demographic future. Trachtenberg compares the image of the machine with the image of the West - a complex symbol, increasingly charged with contradictory meanings and implications. Railroads were the earliest giant corporations and made modern technology visible while exercising brutality of economic power. Railroad corporations were also the first image of machine smashing and class violence on a national scale - portrayed by the 1877 railroad strike. This was sparked by an unannounced 10 percent wage cut. Mechanization was beyond control and new inventions were surfacing left and right the typewriter, Thomas Edisons multiplex...
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- Spring '11