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Samuel Insull, Thomas Edison, Clarence Birdseye and numerous other innovators and inventors contributed mightily to the American spirit of invention during the past several centuries. This rather engrossing website, which was designed to complement the four-part television series on PBS, offers a glimpse into the lives of many of these innovators. Based on a book by editor and journalist Harold Evans, the series and the website utilize primary documents and first-hand reports to look at the lives of these men and women. Visitors who wish to jump right in should begin by looking through the "Who Made America?" Flash-enabled feature. Here they can learn about a number of these innovators, and view each profile by category, chronologically, or geographically. The site also contains a lively discussion area where visitors can chime in with their thoughts about which innovators were left out of the series and which future inventions may be next to transform the world.
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Date of Scout Publication 1999-11-30
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/2004/scout-041126#3

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