America Calling: A Social History of the Telephone to 1940 by Claude S. Fischer

By Claude S. Fischer

The phone looms huge in our lives, as ever found in glossy societies as autos and tv. Claude Fischer provides the 1st social heritage of this very important yet little-studied technology--how we encountered, demonstrated, and eventually embraced it with enthusiasm. utilizing cell advertisements, oral histories, cellphone correspondence, and statistical information, Fischer's paintings is a colourful exploration of ways, whilst, and why americans began speaking during this significantly new manner.Studying 3 California groups, Fischer uncovers how the phone grew to become built-in into the personal worlds and neighborhood actions of ordinary americans within the first a long time of this century. girls have been specially avid of their use, a phenomenon which the first vigorously discouraged after which later wholeheartedly promoted. time and again Fischer reveals that the phone supported a wide-ranging community of social family and performed a vital function in group existence, particularly for girls, from organizing kid's relationships and church actions to assuaging the loneliness and tedium of rural life.Deftly written and meticulously researched, the US Calling provides an immense new bankruptcy to the social heritage of our state and illuminates a basic point of cultural modernism that's necessary to modern existence.

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38 The news, of course, included serious matters. ** Citizens argued among themselves over the regulation of motorists, particularly speeders. In the Depression, for example, Palo Alto residents pressed the police to crack down on speeders, but the merchants worried that heavy enforcement would discourage business. Furthermore, as time passed, auto-related and auto-assisted crimesauto theft, drunk driving, burglary, as well as driving violationsincreasingly occupied police officers' attention.

Previous page < previous page page_144 page_145 next page > next page > Page 145 39 40 Figure 10.  These estimates, based on randomly sam- pled names traced in telephone directories, show a similar pattern to that of Figure 9(b): Over time, the three towns' levels of residential telephone diffusion, which largely reflected their social class composition, diverged. ) During the rest of the 1900s, telephone subscription escalated to roughly 25 percent of all households.

Household characteristics shaped the choices made at the "consumption junction," but within the constraints of income and the services that the market provided. People made their decisions in response not only to business needs and * Social historian Ewa Morawska reports that immigrant families in the early twentieth century, upon moving into the suburbs of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, would subscribe to telephone service in order to stay in touch with kin and friends in the old neighborhood (personal communication).

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