Torsten Kathke
                                 Amerika-Institut
                                  LMU München




     Wi...
The Long 19th Century
         1780-1914
Constitution

Early Republic

War of 1812

Age of Jackson

Slavery and Civil War
The Nation

Benedict Anderson,
Imagined Communities

  sovereign

  geographically finite

  community of equals

  imagined
Technological Advances



    1820 Agrarian Society

    1865 Civil War, modern
    technologies utilized
American Progress a.k.a. Manifest Destiny
           John Gast, 1872
Railroads,                                                   Track in Kilometers
 1870-1916




Workers Laying Track
Weste...
New York to San Francisco
    90



    60



    30



     0
          1850     1870


     Travel Time/ Days (ca.)
Technological Advances

    1820 Agrarian Society

    1865 Civil War, modern
    technologies utilized

    1900 Transcon...
The Media

Yellow Press

Big Dailies (New York
Times, Washington Post)

Monthlies and Weeklies
(Harper‘s)

Small Local and...
The Media

Yellow Press

Big Dailies (New York
Times, Washington Post)
                          National Discourses
Month...
Thank You
Torsten Kathke
                                 Amerika-Institut
                                  LMU München




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Presentation Given at the PGF of the GAAS, Erlangen, November 2-4, 2007.

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Wires That Bind

  1. 1. Torsten Kathke Amerika-Institut LMU München Wires That Bind Technology, Democracy, and Nationhood in the Mirror of the Media 1877-1914
  2. 2. The Long 19th Century 1780-1914 Constitution Early Republic War of 1812 Age of Jackson Slavery and Civil War
  3. 3. The Nation Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities sovereign geographically finite community of equals imagined
  4. 4. Technological Advances 1820 Agrarian Society 1865 Civil War, modern technologies utilized
  5. 5. American Progress a.k.a. Manifest Destiny John Gast, 1872
  6. 6. Railroads, Track in Kilometers 1870-1916 Workers Laying Track Western History/Genealogy Department, Denver Public Library
  7. 7. New York to San Francisco 90 60 30 0 1850 1870 Travel Time/ Days (ca.)
  8. 8. Technological Advances 1820 Agrarian Society 1865 Civil War, modern technologies utilized 1900 Transcontinental Industrial Society
  9. 9. The Media Yellow Press Big Dailies (New York Times, Washington Post) Monthlies and Weeklies (Harper‘s) Small Local and Amateur Papers
  10. 10. The Media Yellow Press Big Dailies (New York Times, Washington Post) National Discourses Monthlies and Weeklies become immediate (Harper‘s) Small Local and Amateur Papers
  11. 11. Thank You
  12. 12. Torsten Kathke Amerika-Institut LMU München Wires That Bind Technology, Democracy, and Nationhood in the Mirror of the Media 1877-1914

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