• Blog Posts,  Uncategorized

    2/6/2019

    This week’s reading of Chapter 2 in Nation Transformed by Information: How Information Has Shaped the United States from Colonial Times to the Present. by Alfred D Chandler., and James W. Cortada, we learned about early information forms. I thought it was really interesting to see the dramatic change in literacy and information in the U.S. because of the American Revolution and founding father’s influence. Colonial America was very limited in terms of information. Most print materials were dedicated to religious topics and the law. The American Revolution fought for free speech and that is evident in the literacy spikes that the nation experienced during those years. I took a…

  • Blog Posts,  Hist 427

    Reaction to Article Intro’s

    In the introduction to the reading Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans, I found it very interesting that women had such a large impact on the Internet. Evans focuses on the influence that mathematics plays in the internet and specifically, how women influenced the field. Through patterns and arithmetic problems, the development of what we now call the Digital Age began long before most people think it would. The story of Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, caught my eye. Evans writes that not only did she explain the technical workings of the Analytical Engine in her publication but she also…

  • Blog Posts

    1/17/2019

    Hi there! My name is Maddie Ullestad and this is my first blog post for Hist 427: History of the Information Age. I am from Williamsburg, Va. I am a senior pursing degrees in History and Elementary Education. I am very excited to be taking this class. I am not particularly tech-savvy but I know that I have a lot to learn! Some of the 2014 advice from that class included not being afraid to ask for help. I tend to get overwhelmed with technology so I will definitely be asking some of my classmates and the DKC for help this semester.Going over the projects from past classes, one caught…

  • Hist 298 Papers

    Triangle Fire Literature Review

    Literature Review: The Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire             The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of March 25, 1911, was a tragic event in the early twentiethcentury that killed 146 men, women, and girls in New York City. A fire broke out on the eighth floor of the Asch building, one of the floors where the Triangle Company operated, and due to locked doors, lack of fire escapes, and only one functional elevator, the workers inside were trapped with many jumping to their deaths to avoid the flames. The average age of the victims was nineteen. This disaster is remembered as one of the deadliest fires in American history and raised questions…