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“What Hath God Wrought!”

Michael Brian Schiffer

in Power Struggles: Scientific Authority and the Creation of Practical Electricity Before Edison

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262195829
eISBN:
9780262283120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262195829.003.0012
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter deals with all the challenges faced by Samuel Morse in making a functional and commercially viable telegraph system. Morse returned to America, where he was successful in getting the ... More


A Peculiar Calling

Michael Brian Schiffer

in Power Struggles: Scientific Authority and the Creation of Practical Electricity Before Edison

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262195829
eISBN:
9780262283120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262195829.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter demonstrates how Samuel Morse, who was a professor of art and portrait painter, was successful in creating the first practically viable electromagnetic telegraph. It traverses the entire ... More


If at First You Don’t Succeed …

Michael Brian Schiffer

in Power Struggles: Scientific Authority and the Creation of Practical Electricity Before Edison

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262195829
eISBN:
9780262283120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262195829.003.0017
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter describes intercontinental communication by means of telegraph, which was essentially Samuel Morse’s dream of America getting connected to Asia through underwater cables that could ... More


The Rise and Influence of Anti-Catholicism, 1834–1844

John C. Pinheiro

in Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199948673
eISBN:
9780199380794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199948673.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

While evangelicals Protestants were refining a civil-religious discourse for America that depended for its intelligibility on anti-Catholicism, nativist political leaders were adopting Christian ... More


Inventions That Shaped the Modern World

David Segal

in One Hundred Patents That Shaped the Modern World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780198834311
eISBN:
9780191872426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198834311.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

This entry describes the development of Morse code by Samuel Morse. It gives a background to Samuel Morse’s life. Also it describes the development of the electric telegraph on land and later using ... More


Collision

Bridget Ford

in Bonds of Union: "Religion, Race, and Politics in a Civil War Borderland"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626222
eISBN:
9781469628028
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626222.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter describes rising tensions between Protestants and Catholics and the outbreak of religious violence in Ohio and Kentucky in the 1850s. It reveals intense efforts to proselytize across the ... More


Scientists and Innovators

Istvan Hargittai and Magdolna Hargittai

in New York Scientific: A Culture of Inquiry, Knowledge, and Learning

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198769873
eISBN:
9780191822681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769873.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

A number of memorials attest to the fact that solving practical problems has been in the forefront of science in the United States. The innovations of Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Benjamin ... More


Aiming Higher in Education

Istvan Hargittai and Magdolna Hargittai

in New York Scientific: A Culture of Inquiry, Knowledge, and Learning

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198769873
eISBN:
9780191822681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769873.003.0004
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

The public school system includes legendary colleges of City University, such as City College, Hunter College, and Brooklyn College. They put on the fast track the children of impoverished immigrants ... More


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