What was the Purpose of the Tennessee Valley Authority? In their view, what was good for private enterprise was good for America. Nitrogen products not needed for national defense would be sold for fertilizer. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. My guess is that, whatever they do or don't do about rural rehabilitation down in Tennessee, in another decade you wouldn't know this country. • How did entertainment raise people’s spirits? However despite the success of this massive experiment and contrary to Roosevelt's prediction, it was never repeated elsewhere in the country. FARMER: Isn't there any other company I can go to? Norris was elected to a district judgeship in 1895 and re-elected in 1899. Preston Hubbard quotes Hoover and Norris in his book, Origins of the TVA: The Muscle Shoals Controversy, 1920–1932, 1961, p. 291. The valley bottoms were favored places for people to live and farm, but floods frequently caused widespread damage to homes and fields. In 1921 Willkie joined a private law firm in Akron, Ohio, one of whose clients was Northern Ohio Traction and Light. The REA was created to ensure that cheap electricity was available in rural areas across the nation. For a long time the TVA had a very small area in which it could sell electricity while at the same time it was busy building dams that would produce more power. Speaking to the press on February 28, 1931, Hoover said: To be against Senator Norris's bill appears to be cause for denunciation as being in league with the power companies. Nationality: American. Country music and the introduction of the blues from way down in Memphis infused the South and become a staple of its culture. Each dam building project employed up to 40,000 workers. but they got paid so there ain’t nothin’ else to think about. They had, however, prevented the TVA from capturing the biggest electricity markets in the region. It was in a form identical to a bill that had been approved by Congress in 1928 but stopped by President Calvin Coolidge's (served 1923–1929) veto. In 1922 Norris recommended that the federal government distribute power to states, counties, and municipalities within a three hundred-mile radius. The greatest contrast was between Arthur Morgan and David Lilienthal. The power issue captured the greatest amount of attention because it had a huge and direct impact on the lives of millions and on the profits of some of the biggest corporations in America. Senator George W. Norris of Nebraska, a progressive who believed strongly in public power chaired the committee. There were many other benefits such as providing thousands of jobs during the Great Depression, providing irrigation, controlling floods and forest fires, the development of new agricultural methods, malaria prevention, improved navigation and conserving forestlands and wildlife.