Modern Marvels The Tennessee Valley Authority



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Talbert: "Much of the country had simply, I think, given up hope. A sort of depression psychosis develops where you haven't found a job and you haven't found a job and hopelessness becomes the fundamental fact of your life."

still photos of Tennessee poor in Depression


NARRATOR: The Great Depression hit the Tennessee Valley especially hard. Here, entire families lived on less than 100-dollars a year.





Dykeman: "The South, compared with the rest of the nation, was much poorer Everything that was bad in the nation was compounded in the South and made even worse in the Appalachian area.”

FDR Inaugural Footage


Roosevelt: "This great nation will endure, as it has endured, and will revive and prosper."








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