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Rural Electrification in Ohio [electronic resource]: Historic REA Films, 1940-1941

Fisher Klingenstein Ventures
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
After a brief introduction, this program presents three documentaries produced in the early 1940s by the USDA's Rural Electrification Administration (REA). An ambitious collaboration between a government agency and a host of acclaimed entertainment professionals, the films feature the real-life Parkinson family and were made to encourage farmers to take out government loans to modernize their farms. Power and the Land shows the Parkinsons laboring to run a dairy without benefit of electricity before obtaining an REA loan and then gladly giving up their manual water pump, kerosene lanterns, and horse-drawn plow. Along with Bip Goes to Town and Worst of Farm Disasters, the film now offers a close look at the domestic routines of a bygone era while capturing a time when many Americans, for a variety of reasons, were compelled to trade tradition for efficiency.
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57 min.
6 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on October 26, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Historic REA Films, 1940-1941
Electrification Comes to the Farm
  • Introduction: Rural Electrification in Ohio: Historic REA Films, 1940-1940-Electrification Comes to the Farm (2:19)
  • Credits: Power and the Land (0:48)
  • Prologue (0:49)
  • Farm Lacks Modern Conveniences (3:16)
  • Cooling Milk Without Electricity (2:11)
  • Sour Milk Rejected (2:27)
  • Electricity for Farms Not Profitable (2:53)
  • Hard Labor of Farming (4:07)
  • Working by Kerosene Lamp Light (4:06)
  • Farmers Ponder Government Offer of Power (3:12)
  • Meeting With County Agent (2:35)
  • Belmont Electric Cooperative (3:40)
  • Farm Work Made Easier (5:05)
  • Credits: Bip Goes to Town (0:34)
  • Modern Dairy Farm (3:38)
  • Modern Creamery (2:35)
  • Power for the Parkinsons (2:45)
  • Credits: "Worst Farm Disasters" (0:32)
  • Cost of Farm Fires (4:33)
  • Electricity Reduces Fire Hazards (1:19)
  • Credits & Additional Information: Rural Electrification in Ohio: Historic REA Films, 1940-1940-Electrification Comes to the Farm (0:40)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2010.
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  • 53081s Films Media Group
  • 53082 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (57 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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