Saturday, December 7, 2013

How Technology Shaped the Civil War-- Part 2

Communication facilitated the abolitionist movement. Americans got better access to war reports even though they were often wildly inaccurate. Weekly periodical/magazines like Frabnk Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly sent out artists and illustrators like Alfred Waud and Winslow Homer to bring the war to the people. //// Scientific American also covered the war. Almost every issue had at least one article on the newest technological developments. //// The thousands of men who were maimed and lost limbs inspired entrepreneurs to design new and improved prosthetic limbs. The Patent Office granted 133 patents for them from 1866 to 1873. Perhaps 60,000 men lost limbs. //// --Old Secesh

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