Communication in the early colonies was long and tedious. It could take days or weeks for information to make its destination. For example, it took a week after Washington’s death for it to be reported in the NY Times. Relay horses were used to speed up the process for important news. Railways became a way to help improve communication especially with mail deliveries. The penny press helped make it affordable for all American’s to buy a daily or weekly paper to keep up with American news. But the most important invention during the time was the telegraph, in 1844 by Samuel F.B. Morse. (Shi, Tindall) Electrical signals were transported alongwires laid between stations. These signals, or dots and dashes, represented letters of the alphabet,which made sending messages across these lines possible. Without Morse’s code that he created, the telegraph would have been useless. Even more so, none of it would have been possible without the inventions and discoveries of scientists outside of America. (History.com Editors)Changes in Agricultural ProductionBefore the Revolutionary War, American’s were already boycotting English goods. This drummed up the desire to become more self-sufficient, which lead to America’s economical success. Farmers were used to growing enough crops and livestock for their own families, with
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