Computing the American Way: Contextualizing the Early US Computer Industry

  title={Computing the American Way: Contextualizing the Early US Computer Industry},
  author={Thomas Haigh},
  journal={IEEE Annals of the History of Computing},
  • T. Haigh
  • Published 1 April 2010
  • History
  • IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Drawing on work from business, social, and labor history, this article reinterprets the early domestic US computer industry in its broader economic and political context. Contrary to popular imagination, the early computer industry emerges as one devoted primarily to government business, liberal in its political leanings, and with a paternalist corporate culture profoundly shaped by the threat of unionization. 
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