Modern history

The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention

The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention

This is the story of how America awakened to its race problem, of how a nation that longed for unity after World War II came instead to see, hear, and learn about the shocking indignities and injustices of racial segregation in the South—and the brutality used to enforce it.

It is the story of how the nation’s press, after decades of ignoring the problem, came to recognize the importance of the civil rights struggle and turn it into the most significant domestic news event of the twentieth century.

Prologue: ROCKET

Chapter 1. CHANGES IN THE ATMOSPHERE

Chapter 2. A GREAT COMPANY OF MEN

Chapter 3. THE FIRST AND TRUE INVENTOR

Chapter 4. A VERY GREAT QUANTITY OF HEAT

Chapter 5. SCIENCE IN HIS HANDS

Chapter 6. THE WHOLE THING WAS ARRANGED IN MY MIND

Chapter 7. MASTER OF THEM ALL

Chapter 8. A FIELD THAT IS ENDLESS

Chapter 9. QUITE SPLENDID WITH A FILE

Chapter 10. TO GIVE ENGLAND THE POWER OF COTTON

Chapter 11. WEALTH OF NATIONS

Chapter 12. STRONG STEAM

Epilogue: THE FUEL OF INTEREST

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