Kline 8

background: different kinds of organizations

What was the result of rural electrification?
prosperity during and after WWII felt like the success of industrialized agriculture


Farming becomes more efficient with the help of technology

Rural electrification did not keep young people on the farm
the goal of industrialization meant fewer larger farms

REA had played a large role in rural electrification--co-ops served 61% of electrified farms in 1954, 70% in 1959 (220)

1950s attacks on co-ops as socialist

rural telephone systems did not keep up
industrialized farmers preferred to buy services rather than contributing work to local co-ops
How did the debate about how to organize rural telephony come out differently than the REA?

AT&T (originally American Telephone and Telegraph)