United by Lightning: The Transcontinental Telegraph of 1861

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Oct. 2, 2019

Edmund Russell, professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University and the Dibner Distinguished Fellow at The Huntington, discusses the motives, construction, and consequences of the completion of transcontinental telegraph in 1861.

 

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