Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

est. May 18, 1933

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What was the program intended to do?

This program was intended to help the Tennessee Valley Region, which was particularly affected by Great Depression.

What was the program intended to do?

The main goal of this program was to build dams and power plants along the Tennessee river and surrounding areas, also to provide navigation, flood control, electricity generation, fertilizer manufacture, and economic development.
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Does this program fall under the Relief, Recovery, or Reform program of Roosevelt's New Deal?

The TVA falls under the Recovery of Roosevelt's New Deal because it is helping build damns, teach farmers better farming methods and help plant more trees to help with the problems of deforestation and floods.

How successful do you believe this program was at relieving the economic Crisis?

Very, because that was their main goal and seeing as it's still around today, means it was effective and still effective today.

How does this program add to your understanding of the Great Depression?

The Tennessee Valley Authority was continually dealing with floods, deforestation, and eroded land. The TVA aimed to help reduce these problems by teaching better farming methods, replanting trees, and building dams.

Does this program still exist today?

Yes, they still continue to carry out their mission of serving people to make life better through work in energy, environment, and economic development.
History Brief: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

TVA video summary

  • During the 1930's, there were few regions of the country that were worse off than the region known as the Tennessee Valley
  • Tennessee Valley Authority included Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Kentucky
  • Major goal of New Deal program was to modernize the south and improve living conditions in those states.

Leah Douglas and Nick Beard