A Nation Transformed by Information: How Information Has Shaped the United States from Colonial…

Paperback | December 17, 2003

EditorAlfred D. Chandler, James W. Cortada

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This book makes the startling case that North Americans were getting on the "information highway" as early as the 1700's, and have been using it as a critical building block of their social, economic, and political world ever since. By the time of the founding of the United States, there was a postal system and roads for the distribution of mail copyright laws to protect intellectual property, and newspapers, books, and broadsides to bring information to a populace that was building a nation on the basis of an informedelectorate. In the 19th century, Americans developed the telegraph, telephone, and motion pictures, inventions that further expanded the reach of information. In the 20th century they added television, computers, and the Internet, ultimately connecting themselves to a whole world of information. From the beginning North Americans were willing to invest in the infrastructure to make such connectivity possible. This book explores what the deployment of these technologies says about American society. The editors assembled a group of contributors who are experts in their particular fieldsand worked with them to create a book that is fully integrated and cross-referenced.

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This book makes the startling case that North Americans were getting on the "information highway" as early as the 1700's, and have been using it as a critical building block of their social, economic, and political world ever since. By the time of the founding of the United States, there was a postal system and roads for the distribut...

Alfred D. Chandler is Straus Emeritus Professor of Business History in the Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University. James W. Cortada is a Senior Consultant at IBM Consulting Group and the author of nearly two dozen books on information technology, business transformation, and knowledge management.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:404 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 1.1 inPublished:December 17, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195128141

ISBN - 13:9780195128147

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Table of Contents

Contributors1. Alfred D. Chandler Jr.: The Information Age in Historical Perspective: Introduction2. Richard D. Brown: Early American Origins of the Information Age3. Richard R. John: Recasting the Information Infrastructure for the Industrial Age4. JoAnne Yates: Business Use of Information and Technology during the Industrial Age5. Margaret Graham: The Threshold of the Information Age: Radio, Televsion, and Motion Pictures Mobilize the Nation6. James W. Cortada: Progenitors of the Information Age: The Development of Chips and Computers7. Richar L. Nolan: Information Technology Management Since 19608. Lee S. Sproull: Computers in U.S. Households Since 19779. Alfred D. Chandler Jr. and James W. Cortada: The Information Age: Continuities and DifferencesNotesBibliographic Essay on the Role of Information in the Transformation of the United StatesIndex

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This is a pioneering effort to illustrate a simple fact-that the American information 'revolution' is anything but new.