How did people talk before cell phones? | History Remade with Sabrina

How did a simple series of dots and dashes transform worldwide communication? To find out, Sabrina recreates the telegraph, Samuel Morse's groundbreaking 1832 invention (and your cell phone's cool great-grandparent). Learn more in this episode of History Remade with Sabrina.

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Executive Producer
Sabrina Cruz
Melissa Fernandes
Taha Khan

Molly Williams

George Lawson

Craft Engineer
Jade Codinera

Sabrina Cruz

Sabrina Cruz

Melissa Fernandes

B-Cam / DIT
River Shepperd

Production Assistant
Gabrielle Augustin
Varman Nava

Story Editor
Stephanie Castillo

Chase Madsen

Krisztina Varga
Olivér Varga

Executive Producers
Sarah Walker
Brian Huffman

Executive Creative Director, A+E Networks
Tim Nolan

VP, Marketing Production, A+E Networks
Kate Leonard

VP, Brand Creative, History
Matt Neary

Music Courtesy of
Audio Network

Additional Footage and Photos Provided By
Wikimedia Commons
Library of Congress

Produced by Answer in Progress for HISTORY®

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Wiring the World: the Social and Cultural Creation of Global Telegraph Networks (2016) S. Muller, Colombia University Press.

“The Transatlantic Telegraph Cable” (2000) by G. Cookson, in History Today, Vol.50 (3).


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When I was a kid, I really wanted to learn Morse Code... My hopes were dashed.
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