A.S. Burleson and the Nationalization of AT&T

The question of whether telegraph, and then telephone lines, should be private or government-controlled has been discussed in Congress since the 1840s. In 1918, the United States entry into the Great War provided Postmaster General A.S. Burleson the opportunity to nationalize the nation’s electric communications. The History Guy recalls the little remembered American dalliance with government-run telecommunications.

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