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Communication and Transportation
Learn how changes in communication and transportation impact people’s lives. These sites link to various communication methods such as the printing press, telegraph, telephone, and more. Included is information about different types of transportation such as private, public, water, and army transportation. There are links to eThemes Resources on communication in history as well as eThemes Resources on transportation including automobiles, the transcontinental railroad, steamboats, mass transit, and trains.
Learn about various communication tools through the ages and into the next century. Links to information about the printing press, telegraph, telephone, radio, television, and computer are included. Many graphics are displayed.
Watch a technology movie about how a cell phone works. Learn the basics of digital phones, and see an explaination about how to change sounds into a stream of bits and bytes. NOTE: Subscription is required to view this movie.
These sites focus on automobile transportation. Read about the development of the first automoblies as well as the electric cars of today. Contains photographs of old and new cars. Also includes information about the parts of cars and their functions.
Learn about the history, construction, and impact of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States. Includes historic photographs, maps, and suggested classroom activities. There is a link to an eThemes resource on trains.
Learn about steamboats and their impact on American history. See drawings and photographs and read first-hand accounts. Includes audio files of steamboat whistles and videos of the boats. Also read about the inventors and builders. Includes eThemes Resources on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Watch ...
Read all about railroads and trains. View historical photographs of trains or tune in to live shots from Webcams. There are also audio and video files about this mode of transportation. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on the transcontinental railroad.