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CommunicationsEdit

In 1930 , 46% of US homes had radios.



ElectricityEdit

In the beginning of the decade, nearly 90% of urban populations had electricity. However, only 10% of the rural population had access to electricity, as private utility companies maintained that providing electricity to the country would not turn a profit.


In 1935, president Franklin D Roosevelt signed the bill to create the Rural Electrification Administration, which was intended to bring electricity to these lesser-populated areas. This was met with some opposition from groups wary of the economic impact, government competition for private businesses, socialism, and the perceived inability of farmers to manage electric companies.

By 1939, 25% of rural houses had electricity.


PlumbingEdit

Like Electricity, Indoor Plumbing reached the cities and towns long before it filtered into the rural communities. In urban areas, Indoor Plumbing was already so widely available that housing was considered sub-standard if it did not have it. By contrast, most farm houses used outhouses and pumps.

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