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All the Facts: A History of Information in the United States since 1870

James W. Cortada

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190460679
eISBN:
9780190460709
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190460679.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This book is a history of the role of information in the United States since roughly 1870, when the nation was well on its way to a nearly 150-year period of economic prosperity, technological and ... More


Introducing American Information

James W. Cortada

in All the Facts: A History of Information in the United States since 1870

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190460679
eISBN:
9780190460709
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190460679.003.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This introduction defines information and how it relates to knowledge and skills. It describes the types of information that exist, how it was used, and who used facts. There were facilitators and ... More


Big Business and Small Farms Rely on Information, 1870–1941

James W. Cortada

in All the Facts: A History of Information in the United States since 1870

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190460679
eISBN:
9780190460709
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190460679.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter describes how large enterprises and all manner of farms became early and extensive users of information. Large businesses could only function if they had enough information to control ... More


Big Government and Small Universities Take On Big Information, 1870–1941

James W. Cortada

in All the Facts: A History of Information in the United States since 1870

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190460679
eISBN:
9780190460709
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190460679.003.0005
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter argues that government in America became complex and large, requiring more varied types of information, just as did large commercial enterprises. It describes how three agencies used ... More


How Citizens Became Dependent on Information, 1870–1945

James W. Cortada

in All the Facts: A History of Information in the United States since 1870

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190460679
eISBN:
9780190460709
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190460679.003.0006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter focuses on the use of information by individuals in their private lives. Specifically, it looks at their use in the home; children’s information ecosystems; the war against germs by ... More


Informing the Business of America, 1945–1998

James W. Cortada

in All the Facts: A History of Information in the United States since 1870

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190460679
eISBN:
9780190460709
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190460679.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

The American economy expanded massively after 1945, resulting in changes in the role of management, organization, and work, all requiring more and varied information. Information ecosystems ... More


Information and the Modern Knowledge Worker, 1945–1998

James W. Cortada

in All the Facts: A History of Information in the United States since 1870

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190460679
eISBN:
9780190460709
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190460679.003.0009
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

No Americans experienced more changes in how they lived, worked, and used information than employees, particularly those known as knowledge workers. Their new world of information and their use of ... More


How Americans Used Information to Shape Their Society

James W. Cortada

in All the Facts: A History of Information in the United States since 1870

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190460679
eISBN:
9780190460709
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190460679.003.0012
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This is the concluding chapter, which summarizes the key themes of the book. It also offers insights that are organized according to the different constituencies they are aimed at: historians, ... More


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