Learning from the Source: Technology Time Travel

Wireless Telegraphy

Become a time traveling sleuth with historical newspapers to discover how the hot new technology at the turn of the 20th century evolved. Work in groups to analyze the primary sources and, together, uncover the evolution of radio technology. Next, investigate other primary and secondary sources to compare and contrast radio’s evolution to another technology of today. What parallels do you notice? What lessons can you learn from history to help you navigate the present?

Essential question: How do technological developments affect individuals and society?

Historical newspaper articles


Radio for Everybody 1922

Political cartoon

Gambling by wireless 1906

Legislative sources

Background information