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Every Day Heroes
Ronda Rich
To put it in the words of my country kin: In 19 and 35, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an Executive Order that created the Rural Electrification Administration. This would be a remarkable turning point for the South. Roosevelt had fallen in love with rural Georgia when his friend, George Foster Peabody, talked him into traveling to Warm Springs in hopes that the hot spring waters would soothe his polio-stricken limbs. Roosevelt was of the privileged New York elite so he had no idea how the poverty-plagued Southern region was forced to live. What he saw there would change his heart – and his changed heart would transform all of America during the dark days of the Depression.

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