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American Experience; Edison's Miracle of Light


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American Experience
Edison's Miracle of Light
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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In September 1878, the famous inventor Thomas Alva Edison announced his plan to produce an electric light for consumer use, claiming he would accomplish this feat in only six weeks. Well over a year later, he was finally able to produce a bulb that burned for 40 hours. He then set up the first Edison plant in lower Manhattan. Edison made several critical errors, which were quickly exploited by his fierce competitors -- the brilliant young scientist Nikola Tesla and businessman George Westinghouse. As the electrification of America became a reality, the man largely responsible for it was caught in a web of expensive personal, patent and corporate battles.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Edison's Miracle of Light,” 10/03/1995, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 24, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A5206B4E273E49A8A4E82D170FB9005B.
MLA: “American Experience; Edison's Miracle of Light.” 10/03/1995. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 24, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A5206B4E273E49A8A4E82D170FB9005B>.
APA: American Experience; Edison's Miracle of Light. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A5206B4E273E49A8A4E82D170FB9005B
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