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President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Message to Congress on the Tennessee Valley Authority, April 10, 1933

During his first hundred days in office, President Franklin D. Roosevelt worked expeditiously with Congress to enact a wide range of legislation, including the creation of a Tennessee Valley Authority. He asked Congress to charter a federal corporation “with the flexibility and initiative of a private enterprise” to oversee conservation efforts and economic modernization in the Tennessee River basin.

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration