National Geographic : 1916 Jul
Patrick Henry Addressing the First Continental Congress, Philadelphia, 1774 One Nation; One People WHEN Patrick Henry declared that oppression had effaced the boundaries of the several colonies, he voiced the spirit of the First Conti nental Congress. In the crisis, the colonies were willing to unite for their common safety, but at that time the people could not immediately act as a whole because it took so long for news to travel from colony to colony. The early handicaps of distance and delay were greatly reduced and direct communication was established between communities with the coming of the railroads and the telegraph. They connected places. The tele phone connects persons irrespective of place. The telephone system has provided the means of individual communication which brings into one national family, so to speak, the whole people. Country wide in its scope, the Bell System carries the spoken word from person to person anywhere, annihilat ing both time and distance. The people have become so abso lutely unified by means of the facilities for transportation and communication that in any crisis they can decide as a united people and act simultaneously, wherever the location of the seat of government. In the early days, the capital was moved from place to place because of sectional rivalry, but today Independ ence Hall is a symbol of union, re vered alike in Philadelphia and the most distant American city. AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY One Policy AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES One System Universal Service "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."