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Title Wired into nature : the telegraph and the North American frontier / James Schwoch.
Author Schwoch, James, 1955- author.
Publication Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2018]
Description ix, 248 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Call # 384.109 S
Series The history of communication
History of communication.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-239) and index.
Summary The completion of the Transcontinental Telegraph in 1861 represented an extraordinary American effort in many fields of endeavor to know, act upon, and control a continent. Merging new research with bold interpretation, James Schwoch details the unexplored dimensions of the frontier telegraph and its impact. The westward spread of telegraphy entailed encounters with environments that challenged Americans to acquire knowledge of natural history, climate, and a host of other fields. Telegraph codes and ciphers, meanwhile, became important political, military, and economic secrets. Schwoch shows how the government's use of commercial networks drove a relationship between the two sectors that served increasingly expansionist aims. He also reveals the telegraph's role in securing high ground and encouraging surveillance. Both became vital aspects of the American effort to contain, and conquer, the West's indigenous peoples--and part of a historical arc of concerns about privacy, data gathering, and surveillance that remains pertinent today. -- Back cover.
Subject Telegraph -- West (U.S.) -- History.
Telegraph -- Social aspects -- West (U.S.) -- History.
West (U.S.) -- History.
Telegraph. (OCoLC)fst01146129
United States, West. (OCoLC)fst01243255
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Alt Title Telegraph and the North American frontier
ISBN 9780252041778 (hardcover alkaline paper)
0252041771 (hardcover alkaline paper)
9780252083402 (paperback alkaline paper)
0252083407 (paperback alkaline paper)

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