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Wired into Nature: The Telegraph and the North American Frontier

James Schwoch


This book is a study of the telegraph in western North America, concentrating on the latter half of the nineteenth century. A number of distinguished books and articles have been written about the telegraph and the nineteenth-century American experience. For the most part, however, this scholarly work is geographically partial. The standard histories of the American telegraph are stories of the East Coast and the Atlantic Seaboard, the growing Midwest, and service to urban areas. This book looks toward the West. The narrative includes landscapes and ecosystems, meteorology, surveillance, and c ... More

Keywords: Telegraph, Environment, Surveillance, Climatology, Native Americans, Military, Nature, electronic communication networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041778
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041778.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Schwoch, author
Northwestern University