Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

See the possibilities of rural electrification. Life can be so much fuller and farm life so much more efficient on the farm as well as in the home if you can get cheap power.

 
Context
At the time, millions of Americans had no access to electrical power, especially in the rural areas. FDR and the New Deal changed that for millions of Americans with the Rural Electrification initiatives. Private electric utility corporations wanted the monopoly but did not want to sever everyone. The cost to electrify a densely populated area is much less on a per capita bases than for a rural area where it might take 25 miles of wire to serve 5 families as opposed to a city where the same 25 miles of wire might serve 5000 or even more families. The only solution of for the densely populated area to pay a little more and subsidize the rural areas home and farm electricity and require the utility corporations to serve everyone. That is essentially what happens today, and the subsidy not only comes from higher rates but also the general tax revenue of the Federal Government and many states. Before the New Deal, under Hoover there was no federal attempt to solve this problem. FDR’s administration, however come up with a number of ways, many of which are still in use today.
Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Born: October 11, 1884
  • Died: November 7, 1962
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: First Lady

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political figure, diplomat and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office, making her the longest serving First Lady of the United States. Roosevelt served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952. President Harry S. Truman later called her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements.