读书笔记:Thomas Edison (1)

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Thomas Edison: A Captivating Guide to the Life of a Genius Inventor (1)

Thomas Edison was born into a hard-working but attentive family. He struggled in school and became deaf at an early age.

The place they made a home, smack in the center of the continent, provides a glimpse into some of the changes going on in the Americas and beyond.

Relations with the first inhabitants were sometimes cordial, and occasionally violent, but eventually developed into a grudging cooperation, much like relations between settlers and First Nations peoples in the rest of the young nation.

The way people lived and worked was still dictated mainly by the rising and setting of the sun, and it would be a few decades before the introduction of electric lighting would change many fundamentals of life.

It’s likely Nancy was as much of a supporter of independence for America as her father had been.

In the portrait, Nancy is broad across the face, and her eyes are sunken in shadows. Her hair is neatly tucked into a cloth head covering, and she’s dressed in swaths of heavy and pleated taffeta, or perhaps silk. Nancy’s family was not wealthy but fit neatly into the upper-middle classes of their hardworking community.

Three-year-old Eliza died just months before Thomas was born.

The Edison home was a site of frequent visits from neighbors, and Nancy was a welcoming hostess.

She released him from the strict, structured, and religion-based ‘common’ schools of the time, and instead encouraged him to pursue his interests.

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