Modern Marvels The Tennessee Valley Authority

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NARRATOR: TVA Chairman Arthur Morgan was known for his boundless energy, and he set a construction schedule that was nothing short of frantic.

Morgan: "In the early days of TVA, there was enormous pressure to get work underway. And there were thousands of people needing jobs. And they told him: hurry, hurry, hurry. "



crane footage shot

NARRATOR: And hurry he did. Dams were going up in record time. At one point, 11 dams were under construction simultaneously.

engineers testing scale model

Work went so quickly that foundations were being built... while engineers were still deciding how the tops of the dams should look.

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