Modern Marvels The Tennessee Valley Authority

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NARRATOR:At his inauguration, President Roosevelt promised quick action to rescue the country from poverty.

FDR train rolls to Tennessee

And he picked the bleakest spot he could find--the Tennessee Valley--to lead the way.

FDR on construction platform

At the river town of Muscle Shoals, Roosevelt proposed a wild scheme: a federal super-agency that would tame the river by building a system of giant dams.

Roosevelt: "We are here because the Muscle Shoals development and the Tennessee River as a whole are national in their aspect and are going to be treated from a national point of view."

men at time clock

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