The Telephone

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The Telephone
Alma Orozco
Honors U.S History
Ms. Westenberg

“Watson come here, I want you!” these were the first words said by Alexander Graham when he was calling his assistant to check the new revised telephone. There were three other people trying to invent better ways to communicate, but Alexander Graham was the one that was known and recognized for inventing the telephone. In the 1800 hundreds, many inventions were being built to communicate faster but communication was still not fast enough and was not secure which brought even more problems to society. Later on Alexander Graham Bell invented the first telephone and founded the first telephone company. Other Americans thought that the telephone would bring new economic opportunities. In the 21st century families have seen negative influences that the telephone has brought but also seen the new opportunities, new inventions, and the new ways of communication with society. Before the telephone there were many ways of communication but they still caused problems because it was slow. In 500 BCE people would use homing pigeons to send messages from house to house (www.xtimeline.com). Using homing pigeons was insecure because the pigeons would lose messages on the way. People would have to travel to give messages and sometimes the message wasn’t right and had to rely on people’s memory if they wanted to give a message to someone. In 1692 the first postal service started and it was a great way to communicate but it still took long for message to be given and it was insecure because once again messages would get lost (http://library.thinkquest.org). A great example of this is in 1812, the English and the Americans signed a treaty of Ghent but it took 6 weeks to reach the U.S. and it cost the British over 2,000 lives because the message wasn’t given fast enough (www.studymode.com). As people began to realize that communication was too slow, inventors tried to come up with a faster communication operator. In 1793, the first telegraph line was built for long distance communication (www.xtimeline.com). The telegraph was the greatest innovation before the telephone because it was inexpensive universal and was fast. The only problem with the telegraph was that you wouldn’t know if the person received the message or not. Even though the telegraph was fast it was still insecure. The telegraph was the main influence for the innovation of the telephone. Additionally, there were three main inventors that fought for the recognition of inventing the telephone. Antonio Meucci was an inventor that contributed in the invention of the telephone. Antonio studied electromagnetism which contributed to his interest in the development of the telephone………….. Although Antonio did not invent the telephone he influenced other inventors in inventing a better communication. Elisha Grey was the inventor with whom Alexander Graham Bell went to court to fight for the recognition of the telephone. Elisha and Alexander Graham had both different ideas but Alexander changed his plan when he saw Elisha Grey’s plan. After Bell presented his plan for the phone it was the same plan as Elisha and Graham and Elisha later went into court where they decided that Alexander was the inventor of the phone and Alexander Graham made history on 1876 when he mad ether first telephone. Many people had different ideas of the new invention of the telephone both negative and positive that influenced the development of the telephone and the effects that later on the phone would bring. Since the telephone was built many people believed it was just a failure because no one would want to buy it because it was too expensive only the rich would afford it (www.megaessays.com) . The other people though that the telephone would bring economic opportunities for both women and men. Furthermore many people thought that the telephone would not bring much to society. A lot of people had negative opinions that the telephone would...
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