All the facts : a history of information in the United by James W. Cortada

By James W. Cortada

"All the evidence provides a background of the position of knowledge within the usa on the grounds that 1870, whilst the country started a virtually 150-year interval of monetary prosperity and technological and medical differences. James Cortada argues that voters and their associations used details generally as instruments to enhance their paintings and personal lives and they used evidence to aid form how the country advanced during

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4 summarizes the most important restraining realities faced in the United States. We have already touched briefly on an early restraining factor, linguistic diversity. While North America was largely populated with English-speaking colonists, to a lesser extent French, German, and Spanish speakers lived here too. Yet for all practical purposes linguistic diversity proved minimal until the second half of the nineteenth century. The great exceptions were Indian languages, but at the time few Native Americans participated in the European-styled information ecosystem.

To what extent was a body of facts involved in work, play, religion, and politics? We must probe other questions, such as how information affected a job, a view on a subject, or the way Americans played, prayed, and prospered. And there is the historian’s favorite question: Why? USES AND USERS OF INFORMATION IN AMERICAN LIFE Research for this book demonstrates that everyone over the age of roughly 7 to 10 years has used organized information in all decades, whether from published sources or orally communicated.

Because the Internet so pervasively changed many practices in the use of information, I devote an entire chapter to how Americans have been engaged with information since the mid-1990s. I conclude with a broad discussion of the implications of the American experience across the 150-year span of my topic. This approach offers several benefits. First, it brings some order to what otherwise could be a broad-based, rambling discussion. This book may help future historians conduct deeper investigations of subgroups and have a context in which to situate their work.

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