Fall 2013: The Nineteenth-Century Networked Nation: The Politics of American Technology, 1776-1876
Every fall, students from Assumption College participate in the interdisciplinary American Studies Seminar sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society, where a visiting professor explores a different topic each year. The topic for Fall 2013 is “The Nineteenth-Century Networked Nation: The Politics of American Technology, 1776-1876” led by Daniel Klinghard, Associate Professor of Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross. Four Assumption students have been selected to participate in this prestigious seminar. In addition to examining the emergence of a national media network and transformations in the concept of public opinion –both due to the development of nineteenth-century technologies of transportation, communication, information management, and labor– each student pursues an original, independent research project using the AAS’s extensive archival collections.