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Making Power Available to the Masses

Making Power Available to the Masses

Thomas Edison had produced the technological means by which electricity could be supplied to everyone, but it would be his young British assistant who would prove to the world that electricity could be made available to all. In New York, the blocks of the well-to-do were wired over the next few years, but there the wiring stopped. Showing the way to a more democratic supply and distribution of electricity would fall to Edison's former clerk, Samuel Insull.

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Great Projects: The Building of America



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