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All the FactsA History of Information in the United States since 1870$
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James W. Cortada

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190460679

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190460679.001.0001

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Introducing American Information

Introducing American Information

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(p.1) Introducing American Information
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All the Facts
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James W. Cortada

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190460679.003.0001

This introduction defines information and how it relates to knowledge and skills. It describes the types of information that exist, how it was used, and who used facts. There were facilitators and restrainers in the use of information, such as a strong economy that made information affordable, or lack of education, restraining access to information. The introduction discusses where information came from, such as from education, books, and apprenticeships. It summarizes key themes, including information’s ubiquity in American life. The book focuses on the documented, published, structured uses of information to help define its use. Use of information was shaped by and influenced the way one practiced politics and religion in America. The role and type of information that existed shaped the values of groups and individuals who were educated and who worked in the United States. Use of information affected innovation in all aspects of American life.

Keywords:   information, facilitator, information ecosystem, use, information ephemera

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