Modern Marvels The Tennessee Valley Authority



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NARRATOR:Beside Morgan on the TVA board, sat a man young enough to be his son--a man with no engineering skills whatsoever. David Lilienthal was a Harvard- educated lawyer who was picked for his brilliant legal mind and keen sense of politics.

Footage of 1920's Chicago skyline & telephone operators

Lilienthal had forged his reputation by attacking utility companies in Chicago and Wisconsin. He'd won huge refunds for customers who'd been overcharged by the phone company.



Lilienthal at desk

While Arthur Morgan saw TVA as a giant engineering experiment, Lilienthal saw something else.










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