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Thomas Edison and modern America : a brief history with documents /

Publisher's description: Thomas A. Edison remains rooted in the popular imagination primarily as the inventor of the practical electric light, but he also continues to function in the lexicons of advertising and politics as a symbol of American individualism, ingenuity, and know-how. Introduced...

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Main Author: Collins, Theresa M. 1955-
Other Authors: Gitelman, Lisa., Jankunis, Gregory.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's, c2002.
Series:Bedford series in history and culture.
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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction. Edison, invention, and modernity
  • Changing times
  • Thomas Alva Edison
  • Not just an idea
  • Contexts for technological change
  • A note about the text
  • 1. An American character
  • Edison's early years, as he remembered them, 1908-1909
  • Satirical remarks from Edison's only diary, 1885
  • Edison as suitor, 1885
  • The site of invention : Edison's draft letter to James Hood Wright, 1887
  • A "Private idea book," 1888
  • Theodore Dreiser interviews Edison for Success Magazine, 1898
  • "The tomorrows of electricity and invention" by Thomas A. Edison, 1910
  • 2. The fantastic phonograph
  • Invention of the phonograph, as recalled by Edison's assistant, by Charles Batchelor, ca. 1906
  • The phonograph causes a stir, March-June 1878
  • New York Times, March 28, 1878
  • New York Times, April 20, 1878
  • North American Review, June 1878
  • New York Clipper, March 16, 1878
  • Popular Science Monthly, April 1878
  • New York Daily Graphic, May 9, 1878
  • Weekly (New Jersey) Fredonian, June 18, 1878
  • 3. Electric light and power
  • Edison's sparks of interest noted in the New York Sun
  • New York Sun, September 10, 1878
  • New York Sun, September 16, 1878
  • Money matters, original correspondence, October-December 1878
  • Edison to Theodore Puskas, October 5, 1878
  • Telegram from George Gouraud in London, to Edison, October 7, 1878
  • Edison reply to Gouraud, October 8, 1878
  • J.P. Morgan to Walter Burns, October 30, 1878
  • Stockton Griffin to Grosvenor Lowrey, November 1, 1878
  • Grosvenor Lowrey to Edison, December 10, 1878
  • Experimental notes, January 1879
  • Francis Upton, letters home, November 1878-April 1879
  • Experimental notes, October 1879
  • Francis Upton, letters home, October-November 1879
  • Experimental notes, December 1879-January 1880
  • Francis Upton, letters home, December 1879-January 1880
  • New York Herald, December 21, 1879
  • A fan letter, February 1880
  • Boehm v. Edison : two versions of invention at Menlo Park, August-October 1881
  • Draft report for investors, September 1881
  • Notice from the Edison Company for Isolated Lighting, November 1885.
  • 4. Modern living
  • Phonographs and the function of recorded sound in transition
  • Talking dolls : news items and anecdotes (1890-1892)
  • Scientific American, April 26, 1890
  • Philadelphia Times, January 2, 1891
  • New York Morning Advertiser, March 14, 1892
  • Nickel-in-the-slot phonographs : news items, promotion, and anecdotes (1890-1892)
  • New York Journal, November 9, 1890
  • Phonogram, published by the North American Phonograph Company, 1891
  • St. Louis Chronicle, February 14, 1891
  • Phonogram, published by the North American Phonograph Company, 1891
  • The phonograph at home : National Phonograph Company advertisements and notices (1905-1908)
  • Electrocution : original correspondence and news items, 1887-1888, 1905
  • A.P. Southwick to Edison, November 8, 1887
  • A.P. Southwick to Edison, December 5, 1887
  • Edison to A.P. Southwick, December 19, 1887
  • New York Herald, November 1888
  • New York American, February 10, 1905
  • X-rays : original correspondence and news items, 1896-1897, 1904
  • Telegram from Edison to A.E. Kennelly, January 27, 1896
  • Jerome Carty to Edison, February 12, 1896
  • W.B. Hill to Edison, February 17, 1896
  • New York World, August 15, 1897
  • Schenectady Union, October 5, 1904
  • Storage batteries : press notices and a letter, 1899, 1902, 1912
  • New York Dry Good Economist, September 16, 1899
  • North American Review, July 1902
  • Edison to Irving Bloomingdale, April 16, 1912
  • Concrete houses : news items and original correspondence, 1901, 1907-1909
  • Insurance Engineering, interview with Edison, June 1901
  • New York Herald, November 9, 1907
  • Henry Phipps to Edison, November 13, 1907
  • Edison to Henry Phipps, November 15, 1907
  • Henry Phipps to Edison, November 22, 1907
  • - Grand Rapids (Michigan) Evening Press, July 9, 1909
  • Motion pictures
  • From History of the kinetograph, kinetoscope, and kineto-phonograph, 1895
  • Program for Projected Films (n.d.)
  • Media and politics
  • Films advertised to the trade, 1901-1902
  • McKinley's last appearance
  • Ten Edison records by William jennings Bryan, 1908
  • Ten Edison records by William Howard Taft, 1908
  • Mass media and their markets
  • Edison's policy for making records and related correspondence, 1912, 1914-1915
  • Policy statement, May 11, 1912
  • Edison to Santa Fe Watch Company, November 11, 1914
  • Edison to Harger & Blish, February 8, 1915
  • Edison to F.R. Humphries, June 28, 1915
  • Five Edison films of the Progressive Era, 1912
  • Appendixes
  • A Thomas A. Edison chronology (1847-1931)
  • Questions for consideration.