The American Experience

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Taylor Fralick
Senior English
04 February 2013
The American Experience
Thomas Edison was an inventor, not a scientist. He claimed there was a difference, between the two. In the early to mid 1800s American was beginning to industrialize. This was a turning point in American history, but so was something else. New inventions were starting to come out, but this one changed the way people live. Thomas Edison’s invention of the light bulb changed America in a constructive way.

Just like any other invention, its not always just right the first time. Changes need to made, and tests need to be ran. It wasn’t until 1878 that Edison was able to get his invention right. “All around him, 100 incandescent lights glowed to life”(Jonnes 2). American held onto this dream, and wanted everyone to turn to using these bulbs and lamps. Light bulbs changed America because they allowed light to be given off at night, work places to offer a more safer environment and so much more. I believe that society today, we take advantage of this. As soon as anyone walks into a room, they flip a switch and on the light turns. Imagine living in a time where things weren’t that easy.

Thought the light bulb wasn’t assembled in homes right away, during this time they may have started to expand in factories and businesses. The light bulb allowed us to supply light without the use of candles and gas. They are used in everyday life, and are safer than using any other light substitute. The invention of the light bulb brought to America a more efficient way to light homes and businesses. Thomas Edison worked hard in order to have this accomplishment, he once said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”(Edison’s Lightbulb 3). Not only did this invention help society in the 1800s, it still influences people today, over one hundred years later.

In today’s society the light bulb continues to give us light, it continues to help us see at night and in darker...
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