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American Experience

Edison's Miracle of Light (#802)

From the exhilaration of discovery to momentary disappointments, "Edison's Miracle of Light" profiles Thomas Edison and the invention that lit up the world. Not only did he invent the light bulb, he conceptualized the infrastructure to support electricity. The inevitability of competitor Westinghouse's alternate current system drove Edison from General Electric and propelled his involvement in the first execution by electric chair. However, the "Wizard of Menlo Park" went on to make countless contributions throughout the next thirty years of his life. While Edison and his staff would, over time, develop all the components needed for an electrical system--bulbs, sockets, switches, wires, junction boxes, power meters, voltage regulators--Edison himself became caught in a web of personal, patent, and corporate battles. In the end, Thomas Edison revolutionized the world, yet lost control of the industry that he founded. [57 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: 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.

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