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"All the evidence provides a historical past of the function of knowledge within the usa on the grounds that 1870, while the country begun a virtually 150-year interval of monetary prosperity and technological and clinical modifications. James Cortada argues that voters and their associations used info broadly as instruments to reinforce their paintings and personal lives and they used evidence to assist form how the country developed during

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51 A relatively healthy population exploited the natural resources of the American continent. These assets ensured Americans had the economic wherewithal to afford to create, acquire, and use information, specifically, such as newspapers, broadsides, pamphlets, and books. 52 Urbanization was a fifth distinctive facilitator apart from demographic growth. From the beginning, cities such as Philadelphia, Boston, and New York, and to a lesser extent Baltimore, became centers for the production of information in newspapers and books, and its distribution through education.

The great exceptions were Indian languages, but at the time few Native Americans participated in the European-styled information ecosystem. Then the number of immigrants arriving in the United States increased by the millions, coming from over a dozen countries: Germans, who had come in a small wave in the 1700s largely into Pennsylvania, were followed by an even larger migration in the 1840s and 1850s; Scandinavians came into Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, parts of Michigan, even as far west as the Dakotas and Nebraska; Eastern Europeans clustered in American cities from New York to St.

Their adoption was rapid because people and their employers could afford them and saw their value. No one innovation dominated since devices, methods, and new processes were used concurrently. Displacements of older ones occurred more slowly, such as the telegraph by the telephone, and first-class mail by email. 97 Evidence of the use of information exists everywhere across all regions once we start looking for it in professions, hobbies, reading habits, education, and political and religious beliefs.

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