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In 1933 Congress created the Tennessee Valley Authority TVA as a federal corporation TVA was perhaps the most original and broad reaching program to come from FDRs New Deal to put America back on its feet The TVA was created to improve and develop the Tennessee River Basin which reached across 7 states in the South an act to improve the navigability and to provide for the flood control of the Tennessee River to provide for reforestation and the proper use of marginal lands in the Tennessee Valley to provide for the agricultural and industrial development of said valley to provide for the National DefenseOne of the main concerns of the TVA was to bring electricity to the rural areas in the Valley where few people had access to electricity Power companies argued that it was too expensive to string the necessary lines to bring power to rural areas FDR believed that if private enterprise could not supply electric power to those people then it was the Governments responsibility to do so In 1935 the Rural Electric Administration REA was created in order to bring power to the people In a 1935 article Morris Cooke the head of REA stated that In addition to paying the energy he used the farmer was expected to advance to the power company most or all of the costs of constructionsuch costs were prohibitive for most farmersIn addition to electric power the TVA built dams to provide other benefits The dams serve to increase the water supply in the region provide flood control and also lakes for recreation There are nine major dams in the area which created a navigation channel from Knoxville TN to Paducah KY The channel connects the Ohio River and serves to lower flooding on the Tennessee Ohio and Mississippi rivers Reforestation from flood damage agricultural assistant and many other programs came from the development of the TVA FDRs program brought jobs to many people
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