As modern innovations spread in the cities, rural residents also desired access to those conveniences of modern life. Rural life, in particular, was often viewed as isolated, and the telephone seemed a good remedy. This newspaper article looks at the influence and use of telephones on farms.
- According to the author, what are the benefits of telephones for rural life?
- Why would the phone benefit farm families? Use evidence to support your answer.
- How does this story support the Commission on Country Life's claim that country life suffered from inequity and injustice? Provide specific evidence to support your answer.
"Telephones on Farms," The Denison Review, pp. 2, 30 December 1902. Courtesy of Library of Congress