Comprehension Aid: "Power for All"

Getting the Meaning:

  • What do the terms "urban" and "rural" mean? Use a dictionary if you need to.
  • Why didn't private electric companies bring power lines to some rural communities?
  • What was Roosevelt's belief about electric power?
  • What did his opponents believe?
  • What is "socialism"? Use the electronic glossary or a dictionary if you need to.
  • How did getting electric power affect local merchants? Farmers?

Making Inferences:
  • Why do you think ideas like socialism were so fiercely opposed that many felt they were un-American?