By James W. Cortada

"All the proof provides a background of the function of data within the usa due to the fact that 1870, while the kingdom all started an almost 150-year interval of monetary prosperity and technological and medical differences. James Cortada argues that voters and their associations used info generally as instruments to reinforce their paintings and personal lives and they used proof to assist form how the state developed during

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Social attitudes and values comprised a third restraining force. It was not uncommon in the 1800s for children to go to school for only two to eight years, before their parents either put them to work full time on the family farm or compelled them to earn a living in a town or city. Passage of mandatory state attendance laws early in the 1900s forced families to send their children to school; states also increased the number of years of mandatory schooling. Gender imbalances in education were sometimes the result of social and cultural factors: men were said to need more training and education since they had to earn a living, women less since they were homemakers and were expected to learn what they required from other women in the household.

The founders of the United States wove into the Constitution various provisions that supported free flows of information. They believed that citizens needed to know a great deal about the nation’s political activities in order to carry out their duties as citizens and to conduct their economic and personal affairs. Mechanisms included representative government and freedom of speech, and protections and support of copyrights and patents. Officials created infrastructures that facilitated the flow of information, most notably the US Post Office before the end of the eighteenth century.

Although Americans did not wake up on the morning of January 1, 1870, to immediately become extensive users of information, we, armed with an appreciation of the subject’s scope, can identify the legacies they lived with as they began that day in January. That is why ­chapter 2 identifies what happened before 1870, as we search for the roots of the American experience. w C H A P T E R 1 A Short Biography of American Information, 1870–1945 Agriculture is worthy of our most earnest study. Its study teaches us .

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