Technology : Identification And Evaluation Of Sources

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Section 1: Identification and Evaluation of Sources This investigation will explore the question: How did technological advancements help to shape the Northern victory in the U. S. Civil War? The time frame for the investigation will range from the 1830s to 1865 when the Civil war ended; many technologies were created far prior to the Civil war, but were improved upon or finally put to work beginning around this period. The first source to be evaluated is called “Mr. Lincoln 's High-tech War: How the North Used the Telegraph, Railroads, Surveillance Balloons, Ironclads, High-powered Weapons, and More to Win the Civil War”, written by Thomas B. Allen- with the help of his son, Roger Allen- and published in 2009. Allen is an American Historian who has written many war books in addition to being an editor of National Geographic. Thus, the origin of this source is valuable because the author is well-versed in American history. However, Allen’s historical knowledge is not specifically pertaining to the Civil War, but American history in general, thus limiting the strength of the information presented in the source. In addition, the content of this source in general focuses on how Lincoln was the main driving force that pushed the technological advances that shaped the Northern victory, not how the technology itself shaped it. This shift in perspective may have thus downplayed the role of technology by centering on Lincoln’s role instead. By minimalizing the effects of technology
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