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horse-drawn machines had transformed farming in the 19th century but the tractor and electricity transformed it again in the early to mid 20th century

Technological change in agriculture focused almost entirely on increasing production.  Is that the only alternative?

Houses changes as a result of electricity and other new technologies

Energy was in oversupply from 1920 to 1970: electricity, fuel oil for heat, and natural gas. 

why Anderson SC is known as Electric City
Portman Shoals Generator in Anderson

Background information on rural electrification:

1930 census figures:

The Tennessee Valley Authority was one of the bills passed in the first 100 days of the New Deal (May 1933)

The Rural Electrification Authority came later, in 1935 in temporary form, permanent in 1936How should it go about the work?

what worked was non-profit cooperatives which used federal loans to build lines and bought power from private industry