Modern Marvels The Tennessee Valley Authority

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Talbert: "All together then, what he saw was a system of regional planning, the first real attempt to do that anywhere in this country, and using the Tennessee Valley as a model. If TVA worked, for the social and economic development of that entire region, then he thought we could replicate other TVA's around the country and, eventually, he envisioned a national planning agency, a national TVA.”

FDR at desk signing bills


NARRATOR: President Roosevelt proposed the TVA in his first hundred days in office. The bill was highly controversial, and extremely vague about precisely what TVA would do. But the president rammed it through congress in just five weeks.

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Segment Title: The Odd Couple

Roosevelt signs the TVA act, still photos of TVA leaders

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