Inventions that Changed America

  • Telegraph

    Telegraph-PhotostoryTelegraphSamuel E. B. Morse invented the telegraph in 1837. This invention could send messages quickly between places that were far apart.
  • Sewing Machine

    Sewing Machine
    Video Elias Howe invented the sewing machince in 1846. With this invention clothing could be made much faster.
  • Bessemer Process

    Bessemer Process
    Henry BessemerHenry Bessemer invented the Bessemer Process in 1856. This invention made it so steel could be made quickly and cheaply.
  • Railroad Sleeping Cars

    Railroad Sleeping Cars
    George Pullman Railroad Sleeping CarsGeorge Pullman invented the railroad sleeping cars in 1856. This sleeping car encouraged people to travel long distances by train.
  • Typewriter

    VideoTypewriter Christopher SholesChristopher Sholes invented the typewriter in 1867. The typewriter made it easier to prepare written material.
  • Lubricating cup

    Lubricating cup
    Lubricating cup Elijah McCoyElijah McCoy invented the lubricating cup in 1872. The lubricating cup used dripping oil to keep the parts of a train moving smoothly.
  • Telephone

    Telephone Alexander Graham BellAlexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876. This invention abled people to talk with each other over long distances.
  • Barbed Wire

    Barbed Wire
    Barbed Wire Joseph GliddenJoseph Glidden invented barbed wire in 1873. The invention of barbed wire made it possible to build fences around large areas.
  • Phonograph

    VideoPhonograph Thomas EdisonThomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, this invention help people to hear music and other sounds on records.
  • Eletric Light Bulb

    Eletric Light Bulb
    Thomas Edison Electric Light BulbThomas Edison invented the eletric light bulb in 1879. This invention of eletric light bulbs are used to light homes, schools, offices, and streets.
  • Shoemaking Machine

    Shoemaking Machine
    Jan MatzeligerJan Matzeliger invented the shoemaking machine in 1882. Shoes are made in factories and sold in store, this invention shorten the length it took to make a pair of shoes.
  • Airplane

    Wright Brother VideoWright BrothersWilbur and Orville Wright invented the airplane in 1903. The Wright brothers proved that it was possible to build a flying machine.
  • Moving Assembly Line

    Moving Assembly Line
    Video-PhotostoryMoving Assembly LineHenry Ford invented the moving assembly line. This invention help to move cars and other items down the line for a quicker assembly.