Modern Marvels The Tennessee Valley Authority

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NARRATOR: Arthur Morgan got his congressional hearing, but nothing came of it. He returned to Ohio to run a community service foundation. David Lilienthal became TVA chairman.

Footage: Willkie signs deal to sell his company to TVA

In court, Wendell Willkie lost his battle with the TVA, and quickly sold his power empire to the government for 79-million dollars. It made TVA the nation's largest power company. Still, the future looked grim.

Talbert: "The TVA had survived. It however, had lost much of its momentum. Congressional support, after all of those embarrassing fights, was no longer what it was and the support it had enjoyed in the valley had lessened as well because of the terrible bitterness and this awful bloodletting at the top of its leadership."

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