Changes to American Life

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Changes to American Life

Around 1889, Edison and his "muckers" built the Strip Kinetograph, which was a very early movie camera. The "strip" was a piece of long, flexible film that had been invented for regular camera. Unlike older photographic film, it could be wrapped around a wheel or a spool. Then Edison and his muckers built a Kinetoscope, a machine to watch these movies. One person at a time would pay five cents to watch a short, silent movie about twenty to thirty seconds long. The first kinetoscope parlor, or movie theater, opened on April 14, 1894, at 1155 Broadway in New York City.

On February 14, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell filed a patent with the U.S. Patent Office covering the transmission of sounds telegraphically.

Changes to American Life at the Turn of the Century

Describe the impact on American life of the Wright brothers (flight), George Washington Carver (science), Alexander Graham Bell (communication), and Thomas Edison (electricity).

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Edison spent most of the decade working on an improved storage battery for electric cars. Most of his batteries were used on railroads and in mines.





Orville and Wilbur Wright were famous brothers. Orville made the famous first flight which took place at Kitty Hawk North Carolina on December 14, 1903. The first flight lasted 12 seconds and they flew for 120 feet.In November 1904, Wilbur took their newly designed airplane, the Flyer II, to the air for the first flight lasting over 5 minutes. 1908, Wilbur flew one of their planes in front of royalty in Europe. In the same year, the rest of America discovered the airplane when a newspaper reporter witnessed a flight and wrote about it.

">Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. In 1879, Edison developed a light bulb that lasted 13 hours. They also invented dynamos, wires, switches and fuses- electric system. In 1882 Edison helped form the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of New York, which brought electric light to parts of Manhattan.

In 1890, the first African American student to attend Simpson College, to study piano and art was George Washington Carver. Carver researched different uses for peanuts, sweet potatoes, and cow peas, and he established educational programs to aim at giving farmers alternative means to use their resources.

What would life be like if these men gave up on their repeated trials and never succeeded?


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