Tennessee Valley Authority

May 18th, 1933

Intended to do? Intended to help what?

The Tennessee Valley Authority was a New Deal program for the South. It provided thousands of jobs to the southerners. It was established to build dams and power plants along the Tennessee River and surrounding areas. It was also intended to help the flooding that was going on around the time it was established.

Does the program still exist today?

Yes, the program still exists today.

Is it successful? Does it fall under Relief, Recovery or Reform?

Yes, The Tennessee Valley Authority was one of the most famous and successful projects during The Great Depression. The Tennessee River Valley was continually dealing with floods, deforestation, and eroded land. They wanted it to help reduce these problems by teaching better farming methods, replanting trees, and building dams.


It falls under Relief, because it was relief to the people that were having to deal with all of the flooding, and the southerners were having to deal with no jobs. When The Tennessee Valley Authority was created it made such a big impact to the people during those hard times.

Pictures to help you understand:

Summary over our video:

Major highlights:

  • The TVA spreads over 7 states.
  • Only 2 out of 100 farms had electricity.
  • In 1933, it was an area of eroded soil, seasonal floods, and fire.

Our video we chose is mainly talking about how the areas were in 1933 before the TVA was created, how thousands of families never saw $100 cash income, and the TVA was set out to change that. They were trying to figure out how to build the dams and make the cheap power have great opportunities for the people. It was also talking about how the TVA made a big impact on the people, and how Franklin D. Roosevelt wanted to help the struggling the farmers with no power.

Does this program add to your understanding of the Great Depression?

Yes, the program helps me understand the Great Depression a lot better. There were a lot of things going on and happening during this time and I think creating the TVA was a great idea, not only for the people but for the land and all of the surroundings.