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14 of the New Deals Alphabet Agencies


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TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority)
Workers check the alignment of a turbine shaft at the top of the guide bearing at the Watts Bar hydroelectric dam, 1942.
Workers check the alignment of a turbine shaft at the top of the guide bearing at the Watts Bar hydroelectric dam, 1942.
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Of all of the reform programs initiated by the Roosevelt administration, the TVA was by far the most ambitious. Created in 1933 for the purpose of developing the Tennessee River watershed, this comprehensive federal agency revitalized the region by building 16 dams to control flooding, generate hydraulic power, and increase agricultural production. This agency also provided jobs, low-cost housing, reforestation, and many other conservation-related services to the region.