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The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America
March 12, 2013
Dr. Ernest Freeberg is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the University of Tennessee.
In The Age of Edison, Freeberg weaves a narrative that reaches from Coney Island and Broadway to the tiniest towns of rural America, tracing the progress of electric light through the reactions of everyone who saw it. It is a quintessentially American story of ingenuity, ambition, and possibility, in which the greater forces of progress and change are made visible by one of our most humble and ubiquitous objects.