New Develpoments in Commmunication and Transportation

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In History
  • Locomotive

    Richard Trevithick invents a steam powered locomotive, which opens the path for many more improvements down the road. With a steram powered locomotive, people can travel faster and easier than buy horse and carriage or ship.
  • First Steamboat Invented

    First Steamboat Invented
    Robert Fulton invented the first steamboat in 1803. During this time, steamboats were exremely useful for transportation, as well as transporting goods from one colony to another.
  • Erie Canal is Completed

    Erie Canal is Completed
    In 1825, the Erie Canal was completed. The completing of this canal was an instant success, and greatly contributed towards the means of transportation as well as trade.
  • Invention of Morse Code

    Invention of Morse Code
    Beginning in 1836, the American artist Samuel F. B. Morse, the American physicist Joseph Henry, and Alfred Vail developed an electrical telegraph system. This system sent pulses of electric current along wires which controlled an electromagnet that was located at the receiving end of the telegraph system.
  • The Telegraph is Invented

    The Telegraph is Invented
    Samuel F. B. Morse invented the telegraph in 1837. This was the first form of communication that could successfully send messages electronically.
  • The Transcontinental Railroad connected

    The Transcontinental Railroad connected
    When the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific connected in Utah, it was a big step in transportation in the United States. The east coast was finally connected to the west coast. Companies from both coasts were able to ship easier and create more demand for their products. The railroad was a way to connect the country and make it whole once again.
  • Telephone developed by Alexander Graham Bell

    Telephone developed by Alexander Graham Bell
    When the telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, it transformed communication around the country. By 1900, telephones had spread and the Bell Telephone Company had installed almost eight hundred thousand telephones in the United States. The telephone had made communication one of the easiest things, and it was much more advanced then communicating face-to-face or by writing letters.
  • National Bell Telephone Company is Formed

    National Bell Telephone Company is Formed
    The forming of the National Bell Telephone Company was in order to speed up the development of the teleophone around cities nationwide.
  • Yellow Journalism Gains Popularity

    Yellow Journalism Gains Popularity
    In 1887, yellow journalism gained popularity with exagerated headlines and blown up rumors. It became a way for the United States public to be informed in what was happening overseas during the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War. By using yellow journalism, William Randolph Hearst and Joesph Pulitzer competed for readers by exagerating the truth and thus attracting more readers to the exciting stories that lay hidden in the newspapers of this time period.*exact date not know
  • 1890's Bicycle Fad of the Gilded Age

    1890's Bicycle Fad of the Gilded Age
    During the time of the Gilded Age, the 'New Woman" was involved with many new and interesting activities. One of these activites was riding a bicycle. The bicycle was the latest trend during the Gilded Age. The "New Woman" was one who would exercise more than many of the other woman, making her much different from many of the other woman during this time. Because of her involvement in such different acticities, the "New Woman" stood out more when compared to the other woman of this time.
  • Advertisments Grew

    Advertisments Grew
    Advertisment in magazines and newspapers grew in the early 1900s and continues to show itself in everyday life. The advertisments improved communication and changed the way people showed their products. It brought products to those who could not reach the stores and broadened the sphere of consumers and helped the economy.
    note: the date was thoughout the 1900s and does not have a specific date. It grew in popularity from 1900-1920s and continues to grow.
  • First Radio with a Human Voice

    First Radio with a Human Voice
    An American engineer Reginald A Fessenden transmitted the first human voice by radio to a receiver over a mile away. This marked a change in communication to the world and made speeches and events heard by more people. Although the radio was invented before this date, this was the first time a voice was able to be transmitted.
  • Wilbur Wright's Successful Airplane Flight

    Wilbur Wright's Successful Airplane Flight
    The Wright brothers from Orville, invented the world's first successful airplane. On December 17, 1903, Wilbur Wright took a successful flight on this new plane, changing the future for America for decades to come.
  • The Panama Canal

    The Panama Canal
    The Panama Canal was built from 1904 to 1914 by Theodore Roosevelt. It was built through the country of Panama and was and still is used by all of the world. It was intentionally built for an easier transport of the Americana Navy from the eastcoast to the westcoast naval bases.
  • Introduction of Henry Ford's Model T

    Introduction of Henry Ford's Model T
    The introduction of Henry Ford's Model T transformed the automobile from a toy of the rich to a vehical for the masses. The vehical heightened the sense of exciting changes in the future, including cities that were in the middle of all of this action
  • Magazines

    Magazines became a popular way fo Americans to recieve their news, learn about new fashion treands, and upcoming events. It was a way for people to communicate to large crowds. By 1922 magazines were circulating the country and reached over 2.5 million readers.
  • Sound in the Movies

    Sound in the Movies
    In 1927 with the debut of the movie The Jazz Singer, sound was avaible in any motion picture. It allowed more meaningful propaganda, because you now have the emotion of the voice behind the words. Also, it is easier for those who are illiterate to hear news or listen in on training films, and other motion pictures.
  • Multilane Highways are in Use

    Multilane Highways are in Use
    Multilane highways dominated the landscape, paving a whole new path for traveling with cars.
  • FDR's Fireside Chats

    FDR's Fireside Chats
    FDR spoke to the American public directly with the use of the radio. He informed them that they could once again trust the banks and deposit money. Americans really like FDR's Fireside Chats because they were able to hear what was going on in the country from the President himself.
  • TVA

    The Tennesse Valley Administration provided energy to the Tennesse Valley region, which could help the people who lived there do things such as listen to FDR via the radio, etc.
  • Public Works Administration

    Public Works Administration
    The PWA set aside $3 million to create jobs building roads, sewers, public housing units, and other civic necessities. The PWA helped in transportation because of how it created roads, helping people travel to more places with their cars.
  • Neutrality Acts of 1935-37

    Neutrality Acts of 1935-37
    From 1935-37, As with many other rules and restrictions the Neutrality Acts had American citizens be banned from travelling on ships that of the Allied powers. This shortened the possible types of transporation across the Atlantic.
  • Television

    The first television was invented in the 1940's. This is a major break though with communication because it is easier to communicate the news and other events through the tv because it is in many homes. Families would not have to go to the movies to see propaganda films or listen to broadcasts ove the radio, they are now able to see the person talking, which creates a deeper level of trust when you can actually see you is speaking.
  • The Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD) is formed

    The Office of Scientific Research and Development was founded for the development of new ordance. This program spent more than $1 million to generate radar and Sonar devices, rocket weapons, and bomb fuses. However, this program advanced the development of the jet-aircraft, which was a huge advancement in transportation for the US Military during WW2.
  • The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is established.

    The National Security Act that was established in 1947 created the CIA. The CIA is still used today to gather information abroad and to engage in covert activities in support of the nation's security. The CIA helps the United States protect itself in any situation they might deem to be harmful for the country.
  • Anti-communism Propagnada

    Anti-communism Propagnada
    In films such as "The Red Menance", hollywood started to create films to pit Americans against the communist countries. Many forms communication such as, films, newspapers, magazines, and the radio, showed anti-communism articles and photos.
  • The Interstate Highway System is established

    The Interstate Highway System is established
    The Interstate Highway System was created by President Eisenhower during the Cold War in 1954 to take the lead in building 40,000 miles of freeways to replace old, unsafe roads. This system was used specifically for mobilization; if the United States were to be attacked, it would be easy for the military to mobilize. Also, the Interstate Highway System was used for defensive purposes. This idea of President Eisenhower's was influenced by Hitler and his practices of mobilizing his military.
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Montgomery Bus Boycott
    The Montgomery Bus Boycott was lead by Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. This bus boycott lasted over a year, and fought against segregation on public bussing. This specific boycott was so successful, because the Supreme Court wound up outlawing segregation on buses (US Supreme Court Case Browder V. Gayle). Overall, the Montgomery Bus Boycott helped blacks and other Civil RIghts activists find their voice.
  • Public Transportation Integrated

    Public Transportation Integrated
    On November 13th, the supreme court upheld the ruling of a previous federal court case that ened segregation on public transportation. This allows black to travel freely, something that before was never thought possible.
  • The Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee

    The Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee
    The Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC, consisted of students who took part in sit-ins, strikes, etc. These students were either in their late teens or early twenties. The sit-ins that SNCC were involved in really helped the Civil Rights Movement grow and succeed and they helped blacks be heard.
  • Bay of Pigs-Communication

    Bay of Pigs-Communication
    During the Bay of Pigs operation, there was a direct phoneline created to connect the US President and the President of the USSR. This phoneline greatly opened up communication, changing the ways presidents were able to talk to one another. Now, the presidents were able to communicate in just minutes, as opposed to the tedious task of writing letters to one another.
  • March on Washington

    March on Washington
    The March on Washingoton was the height of the Civil Rights Movement. 200,000-300,000 people attended this march, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. This march really helped blacks get their voice and helped them become heard.
  • Voting Rights Act

    Voting Rights Act
    With the passing of the Voting Rights Act, which ends any way of intimidating or preventing anyone from voting, blacks were able to vote and express their opinion and thoughts through the communication of voting.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    The Tet Offensive was a major event in American history regarding the Vietnam War. Johnson had misled the public about the attacks that were taking place in Vietnam as well as the situation in Vietnam. From this, people started lost trust in Johnson as a president and started to hate him, ultimately driving Johnson out of office, leading to the credibility gap between Johnson and the American public.
  • The man on the Moon

    The man on the Moon
    On this date Neil Armstrong landed on the moon increasing morale and the thought that America could travel anywhere in the solar system now; that we aren't confined to planet Earth.
  • First Commercial Flight

    First Commercial Flight
    The first jumbo airplane is flown and it opens air traffic to all. It makes traveling easier and faster than before.
  • Apple 1 Created

    Apple 1 Created
    The Apple 1 was created on April 1, 1976 by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. Along with the IBM-PC, both computers greatly changed Americans use of communication with others, greatly expanding their opportunities.
  • IBM-PC

    IBM engineers developed a version of the personal computer. IBM's PC was put out on the market in 1981. The personal computer quickly changed how many Americans could communicate with one another.
  • Berlin Wall Falls

    Berlin Wall Falls
    The Berlin Wall falls in November which allows transportation and traveling throughout Berlin and Germany easier. With the wall down, there is not lne seperating the world and everyone can pass through Europe with more ease.