Rural Electrification Administration

By: Valerie Allison and Davidson Black

What is it?

  • It was meant to improve the standards of living and economic competitiveness of the family farm
  • It was created to bring electricity to rural areas
  • It was part of an relief package designed to stimulate an economy in the great depression
  • It was created on May 11, 1935

How did the people react?

  • Americans disagreed with this agency
  • Farmers/ people in the rural area's liked this agency

Actions Taken

  • It provided electricity for 280,000 farmers and others in rural areas
  • By the 1939 it helped created 417 cooperatives
  • By the end of 1939 effectiveness had risen by 25%


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  • "Video: The Rural Electrification Administration | Georgia Public Broadcasting." Georgia Public Broadcasting. 2008. Web. 14 Feb. 2016.
  • "Audio-Video Barn." Clip Search: Rural Electrification Administration (REA). Web. 14 Feb. 2016.
  • "Available Video File Formats." Stock Footage. Web. 14 Feb. 2016.