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Power to the Plains

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“Light,” Rural Electrification...
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“Light,” Rural Electrification Administration, n.d.

The Rural Electrification Administration enhanced the lives of rural populations by supporting local efforts to produce and distribute electricity. During the New Deal era, Congress created many agencies and programs aimed at ameliorating the effects of the Depression. Such agencies employed artists to create posters like this one to advertise their work.

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress