Tennessee Valley Authority II

Lead: The Tennessee Valley Authority transformed the economic life of the southern heartland, but it was one of Franklin Roosevelt's most controversial initiatives.

Intro. A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: After generations of talk, in 1933 it seemed that at last something was to be done about the Tennessee River. A creation of the heady early days of the New Deal, the TVA brought to the seven states through which the river wandered on its way to the Mississippi, cheap electric power, flood control, fertilizer manufacturing and barge traffic to the upper parts of a region suffering especially from the Great Depression and still not yet completely recovered from the Civil War. Despite its glowing promise and eventually its great accomplishments, the TVA was at the center of bitter dispute from the beginning. The controversy was philosophical, economic and personal.