By Samuel Willard Crompton
In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell uttered the phrases that will inaugurate a brand new period in human conversation: 'Mr. Watson, come right here, i need to work out you'. Bell was once talking via his new invention: the phone. even though his identify is the 1st to be linked to this now ubiquitous gadget, Bell was once now not operating in a vacuum or solely on his personal. the second one half the nineteenth century was once a time of serious innovation, within which many folks have been experimenting with numerous designs for machines to permit human conversation over nice distances. Bell used to be easily the 1st to win a patent. "Alexander Graham Bell and the phone" tells the tale of the fellow who invented the phone, the folk who helped him, and the alterations that took place as a result of one of many maximum innovations of all time.
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Of course, no rose is ever without its thorns, and Boston had its share. Though the city had played a marked role in the abolitionist movement, blacks and whites were effectively segregated. There was, if anything, an even greater prejudice against Boston’s large Irish com- munity, most of whom had arrived after the Potato Famine of 1845. Catholics were still referred to as Papists in 1870s Boston, and a se- vere line was drawn between recent Celtic immigrants (the Irish) and earlier Anglo-Saxon ones (the Puritans who had come in the 1600s).
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That was fortunate for Bell for he was onto something quite new. The Harmonic Telegraph As mentioned in Chapter 3, Bell had first visualized the harmonic telegraph as early as 1867, but he did not have much chance to work on it until about 1872 or 1873. It is hard to say just what moment or situation inspired him; perhaps it is safer to say that he never forgot his interest in the telegraphic Memorable Meetings transmission of musical notes, and that he was encouraged by some of his early findings.