U.S. History

"The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America"

Ernest Freeberg

About the Program

Ernest Freeberg, humanities professor in the history department at the University of Tennessee, recounts Thomas Edison's creation of the incandescent light bulb in 1879.  The author reports on the way that electrical light transformed the way people lived and worked and the technological innovations born from Edison's invention.   Ernest Freeberg speaks at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

About the Authors

Ernest Freeberg

Ernest Freeberg is the author of Democracy's Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, The Great War, and the Right to Dissent.  He is a humanities professor in the history department at the University of Tennessee.


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"The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America"

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Past Airings

  • Monday, April 29th at 6am (ET)
  • Saturday, April 6th at 5pm (ET)
  • Sunday, March 31st at 10:30am (ET)
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