On Tuesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. the Hudson Library & Historical Society will host a live virtual streaming event with Thomas Hager, author of Electric City: The Lost History of Ford and Edison’s American Utopia. This book tells the extraordinary story of two giants of American history, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, and their attempt to create an electric-powered city of tomorrow on the Tennessee River.
During the roaring twenties Ford and Edison proposed to transform one of the country’s poorest regions into a dream technological metropolis powered by renewable energy and free of air pollution. This scheme, that in their view it would reshape American society, almost came off. But while some saw it as a way to conjure the future and reinvent the South, others saw it as one of the biggest land swindles of all time. They were all true. Electric City is a rich chronicle of the time and the social backdrop, and offers a fresh look at the lives of the two men who almost saw the project to fruition, the forces that came to oppose them, and what rose in its stead.
Hager is an award-winning author of books on the history of science and medicine, including The Alchemy of Air and Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine. He is a courtesy associate professor of journalism and communication at the University of Oregon.
Copies of Electric City will be available for purchase courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. Registration for this program is required and a valid email address is required at time of registration. Participants will receive an email invitation to attend the program, hosted on Zoom, a day before the program begins.
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