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Those beliefs were reinforced by successful economic development over the next four centuries. A second cause was the shift from an agricultural to a services economy, but with a massive stronghold in manufacturing remaining for over 150 years. The economic transformation began slowly during the 1840s but took off after the Civil War. One could see the effects on information as its use increased after 1870. But megatransformations that stimulated greater reliance on information proved successful enough that the nation could afford further investments over the next century and a half in education, development and rapid exploitation of information goods, diffusion of other forms of information goods in great quantity, and use of research and development to further develop the economy in all sciences and technologies.

For over a half-century, journalists, historians, economists, public officials, educators, the literati, and others have talked about education, knowledge, information, books, libraries, newspapers, television, the Internet, and now social media largely independently of one another. By integrating many of these developments we see the growth and extent of the information infrastructure and its corresponding informational ecosystem in America. They help us appreciate more fully how the United States is evolving today.

From the beginning, cities such as Philadelphia, Boston, and New York, and to a lesser extent Baltimore, became centers for the production of information in newspapers and books, and its distribution through education. Information circulated faster in these compact spaces than in rural communities. 53 As the nation’s heartland filled with people, new cities emerged that also became centers for the production and diffusion of information. Chicago, St. 54 Yet information was not free. Living in the proximity of individuals exchanging it covered the lion’s share of expense.

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