Sampling of Key New Deal Legislation - Research Article from Macmillan Science Library: Computer Sciences

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Franklin D. Roosevelt supported electrical modernization of America on a broad basis. He believed that inexpensive electricity could greatly improve the quality of life for American families, especially in rural areas. To achieve the goal of affordable and plentiful electricity for all, Roosevelt sought to apply broad governmental planning to various regions of the nation. During Roosevelt's first one hundred days in office, Congress passed legislation establishing the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on May 18, 1933. The TVA was an experiment in regional economic planning involving a large area that included portions of seven Southeastern states (Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina). The TVA built a series of dams and power plants to provide inexpensive electricity to farms and industry in the broad region. TVA also provided much more, including flood control, improvement of river navigability, and even reforesting nearby hills.

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