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America on the Grid

Today, a hundred years after the quest for rural electrification began, massive portions of our grid are in disarray.

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A high-voltage power line stands out against the morning sky, which is discolored by the sunrise. (Photo by Julian Stratenschulte/picture alliance via Getty Images)

High Tension: FDR's Battle to Power America by John A. Riggs (2020, Diversion Books), 320 pages.

Powering American Farms: The Overlooked Origins of Rural Electrification by Richard F. Hirsch (2022, Johns Hopkins University Press), 400 pages.


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