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Power-Lined : Electricity, Landscape, and the American Mind, Hardback Book

Power-Lined : Electricity, Landscape, and the American Mind Hardback


The proliferation of electric communication and power networks have drawn wires through American landscapes like vines through untended gardens since 1844.

But these wire networks are more than merely the tools and infrastructure required to send electric messages and power between distinct places; the iconic lines themselves send powerful messages.

The wiry webs above our heads and the towers rhythmically striding along the horizon symbolize the ambiguous effects of widespread industrialization and the shifting values of electricity and landscape in the American mind. In Power-Lined Daniel L. Wuebben weaves together personal narrative, historical research, cultural analysis, and social science to provide a sweeping investigation of the varied influence of overhead wires on the American landscape and the American mind.

Wuebben shows that overhead wires-from Morse's telegraph to our high-voltage grid-not only carry electricity between American places but also create electrified spaces that signify and complicate notions of technology, nature, progress, and, most recently, renewable energy infrastructure.

Power-Lined exposes the subtle influences wrought by the wiring of the nation and shows that, even in this age of wireless devices, perceptions of overhead lines may be key in progressing toward a more sustainable energy future.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 264 pages, 8 photographs, 16 illustrations, 1 map, index
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of the Americas
  • ISBN: 9781496203663

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