much of this period, Dr. Smith stayed in contact with Dr.
C. Clayton Brown, a Professor of History at Texas Christian
University. Brown is the author of the standard history
of the Rural Electrification Administration Electricity
for Rural America: The Fight for the REA. Subsequently,
in November, 2004, Smith interviewed Dr. Brown on this subject.
The Digital Production Group videotaped this interview at
their facilities on the California State University, Fresno
campus. Dr. Brown’s insightful observations on the
early history of rural electrification can be found in Power
for the Parkinsons and on this web site. Dr. Brown,
a widely published scholar who is currently working on a
history of the cotton industry, also prepared a scholarly
essay on the REA for this web site.