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      Inventors and inventions have created the materials needed to weave together the fabric of our American history.

       
      When do you think the first laptop was invented? I bet you didn’t guess Alexander Hamilton used an early prototype. Now close your eyes and imagine an astronaut. Did you know that the spacesuit you’re likely envisioning was originally designed in a national competition from NASA? In partnership with Driving Force Institute, we at XQ invite you to dive into these “Museum of Artifacts That Made America” videos to discover just some of the many inventions that earned American designers and innovators a place in history.
       

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      Videos on space suits, Alexander Hamilton, more


       

      Find out how expert seamstresses from the undergarments industry helped send the first American astronauts to space.
       

      Learn the story of Alexander Hamilton’s portable writing desk where he drafted many of America’s most important founding documents.
       

      IBM and the census have close initial development ties. Who would’ve known?

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Based on the scale of impact of these inventions, which has earned its place as the most important American artifact and what other metrics did you use to decide?

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