Thomas Edison Turns On America's Lights by Willard Sterne Randall, Nancy Nahra
(American Lives)

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In 1876, 29-year-old Thomas Edison had just opened the nation’s first research laboratory at Menlo Park, New Jersey, promising to produce “a minor invention every 10 days and a big thing every six months or so.” He kept that promise. In the next decade alone, he invented the phonograph, the incandescent light, the Dictaphone, the mimeograph machine, the electric power-plant dynamo, motion pictures, and electric transmitters. In the following six years, he founded the Edison General Electric Company to mass-produce light bulbs that eventually lit up 70 percent of all American homes and virtually all the nation’s businesses. By century’s end, 3,000 Edison power plants were illuminating the United States. Here’s the story of the man who invented modern America.

About Willard Sterne Randall, Nancy Nahra

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Willard Sterne Randall is the Visiting Professor of Humanities at Champlain College in Vermont and an expert on early U.S. history. He received the Sidney Hillman Prize and the National Magazine Award as an investigative reporter. His book, "Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor" was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and "A Little Revenge: Benjamin Franklin" and His Son won the Frank Luther Mott Prize. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his family.
Published March 15, 2012 by New Word City, Inc.. 20 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs.

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