49e. FDR's Alphabet Soup
by mikaela ortega
Firms that participated in the NRA displayed blue eagles reminding consumers of a company's apparent patriotism.To enlist the support of labor unions, the NRA outlawed child labor, set maximum hours, and required a minimum wage. The greatest victory for labor unions was the guarantee of the right to bargaining, which led to a dramatic upsurge in union membership. Unfortunately, the NRA did little to improve the economy. The increase in prices actually caused a slight slowdown in the recovery.
The government blazed other new trails by creating the Tennessee Valley Authority in May 1933. The Tennessee River Valley had long been a problem for its residents. Centuries of resource exploitation contributed to soil erosion and massive, unpredictable floods that left parts of seven states impoverished and underutilized.