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Harnessing Nature, Generating Jobs

Congress created the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in 1933 as a federal corporation to control floods, improve river navigation, provide electricity and foster economic development in the South. Nebraska Senator George W. Norris proposed the idea in 1921 and pursued it until President Franklin D. Roosevelt made it part of his New Deal program for economic recovery. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the TVA had an immense impact on jobs, industry, housing and the environment.

2 Images President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Message to Congress on the... View All Images
1 Image “The Tennessee Valley,” inside TVA pamphlet The Development of the... View All Images
1 Image Tennessee Valley Authority, TVA, 1934 View All Images
1 Image Drillers at Fort Loudon Dam, by Jack Delano for the United States... View All Images