Electrifying America: Social Meanings Of A New Technology, 1880-1940
  • Electrifying America: Social Meanings Of A New Technology, 1880-1940
  • Electrifying America: Social Meanings Of A New Technology, 1880-1940
  • Electrifying America: Social Meanings Of A New Technology, 1880-1940
ISBN: 0262640309
EAN13: 9780262640305
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 8, 1992
Pages: 495
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 9" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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How did electricity enter everyday life in America? Using Muncie, Indiana--the Lynds' now iconic Middletown--as a touchstone, David Nye explores how electricity seeped into and redefined American culture. With an eye for telling details from archival sources and a broad understanding of cultural and social history, he creates a thought-provoking panorama of a technology fundamental to modern life.

Emphasizing the experiences of ordinary men and women rather than the lives of inventors and entrepreneurs, Nye treats electrification as a set of technical possibilities that were selectively adopted to create the streetcar suburb, the amusement park, the Great White Way, the assembly line, the electrified home, and the industrialized farm. He shows how electricity touched every part of American life, how it became an extension of political ideologies, how it virtually created the image of the modern city, and how it even pervaded colloquial speech, confirming the values of high energy and speed that have become hallmarks of the twentieth century. He also pursues the social meaning of electrification as expressed in utopian ideas and exhibits at world's fairs, and explores the evocation of electrical landscapes in painting, literature, and photography. Electrifying America combines chronology and topicality to examine the major forms of light and power as they came into Read More chevron_right

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