This PBS video is part of the popular American Experience series. It chronicles the story of Thomas Edison and his pioneering efforts in the field of electricity. In 1879, in Menlo Park, NJ, Edison dazzled the world with the first display of electric lights. The story continues with Edison's rivalry with Nicolas Tesla and his backer, George Westinghouse, over control of the electric industry. Tesla's more efficient design of alternating current eventually won out against Edison's direct current method. Archival photographs, diaries, and scholarly commentary tell the story of this giant figure in American history.
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