Tennessee Valley Authority Act of 1933

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Tennessee Valley Authority Act of 1933
Written by: Brenno Damota
Government Period 3
Tennessee Valley Authority Act

How it Began...

Signed by President Roosevelt on May 18,1993., it was created as a federal corporation to provide assistance in navigation, flood control, electricity generation, fertilizer manufacturing, and economic development in the Tennessee valley region right after the Great Depression. Not only did it tackle important problems like the ones listed above but also it was set to improve the travel on the Tennessee River and to help grow the region’s business and farming. The Tennessee Valley Authority Act was not only a provider but as well as a regional development agency that would use the federal and electricity to rapidly grow and create a modern economy and society to the region. It was the first time that an agency was set out to address the total resource need of major region in America. It was set to take on the unified development problems by devastating floods, a deficient economy, and steady out-migration. It also began to oversee the construction of dams and create cheap power in the area.

Modernizing the Region

The TVA was originally designed to modernize the area. It used experts to combat the problems such as human and economic. It developed fertilizers and taught many other farmers how to improve their crop fields and how to reforest, control forest fires, as well as improve habitat for the wildlife. Yet, the most dramatic change in the valley was due to the electricity. Modern home appliances and electric lights made the life of the people in the Tennessee valley easier and more productive. Electricity drew many factories in the region which proved many jobs. It also revived the area ruined by rural Americans by building dams which in return gave out cheap electricity.

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TVA’s Board Members.
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Douglas Dam
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TVA Towers. Knoxville, TN...
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