America's telegraph network turns 150

10/24/2011 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

The U.S. transcontinental telegraphy system is 150 years old today. Experts say the network helped shape the U.S.'s national identity, and note that telegrams bore a striking similarity to modern tweets. "It really gives one a good understanding of how we got where we are and how the Internet evolved. The telegraph is really where it all started," historian Thomas Jepsen says.

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