America calling is as its subtitle says a social history of the adoption of the telephone from its invention in the 1870s until the 1940s when it had become widely but not universally used in the us. A synopsis this is a social history of the telephone to 1940 focusing on the users of the technology and how they adopted it to fit their own lives the topics of the book flow from national to local to individual concerns from the telephone in america to the personal phone call. America calling a social history of the telephone to 1940 by claude s fischer will be essential reading in the social history of the telephone for a long time to come the planned decisions and the unplanned events that made the telephone such an important instrument for connecting america barry wellman university of toronto . America calling a social history of the telephone to 1940 user review not available book verdict a warning to those who see technology as having clear and far reaching consequences in american life dont use the telephone as an obvious example. To be fair fischer reminds his readers that his is a social history of the residential telephone and he effectively employs a systems approach to contrast the largely private telephone system with the complex of publicly funded roads surrounding and supporting automobile diffusion
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