Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World!
Advantages and Disadvantages
Edison began a campaign to discourage the use of AC by demonstrating the hazards of high voltage. Edison was so desperate to defend his beloved DC, that he actually conducted public and private displays shocking animals with AC power. In the most infamous of these demonstrations, he shocked to death a circus elephant. He even tried to popularize the term for being electrocuted as being “Westinghoused.” Despite his desperate attempts to discredit AC, Tesla and Westinghouse, alternating current ultimately prevailed when the Westinghouse Company won the contract to build a generating station at Niagara Falls and to power the town of Buffalo, New York.