Alfred Vail made this key, believed to be from the first Baltimore-Washington telegraph line, as
Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 3/9/2016
Throughout the 1800s, homegrown American scientists and inventors were a source of pride for the fledgling republic, which was rapidly surpassing Great Britain and the rest of Europe as a hotbed of industrial activity. The period also coincided with the peak of the Romantic Period in art, music, and literature. Accordingly, a host of contemporary children’s books, fawning biographies, and sentimental paintings like Christian Schussele’s Men of Progress lionized American inventors by portraying them as heroic figures.
In this video series, learn about each of the inventors depicted in Christian Schussele’s Men of Progress painting.