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History Study Center: The New Deal, 1933-1939
A phrase used by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which refers to the policies of his first two administrations. When he took office in 1933 the economy was collapsing, so Roosevelt began by putting the banks under federal control in order to restore confidence in them. He then, between March and June 1933 pushed through Congress fifteen major bills in a flurry of legislative activity.
Archives.gov: Into the Woods: The First Year of the Civilian Conservation Corps
An introduction to Roosevelt's CCC: They came from all over America—from the big cities, from the small towns, from the farms—tens of thousands of young men, to serve in the vanguard of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal in the spring of 1933.
Tennessee Virtual Archive: Civilian Conservation Corps
This unit of the Tennessee Virtual Archive features images of the work and history of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Tennessee. Created in 1933 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to preserve and nurture America’s natural resources, the CCC brought forests back from the brink of destruction, established recreational destinations, and provided work for tens of thousands of young men from the Volunteer state.
Tennessee Valley Authority: Our History
TVA’s original 1933 purpose—set forth in the TVA Act—was to address the Valley's most important issues in energy, environmental stewardship and economic development. Learn about key moments in our history as we’ve tackled important issues in the Tennessee Valley such as power production, flood control and reforestation, and about how our mission of service lives on today.
History study Center Image: The TVA
Launched in 1933, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) was one of the New Deal's most ambitious undertakings. Spreading across seven states, the TVA constructed dams for flood control and power generation, produced fertiliser, and sponsored programs to improve agriculture.
Video: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Watch a historic video about Great Smoky Mountains National Park, filmed by the United States Division of Motion Pictures in 1936. The movie has been preserved by the US National Archives.
History Study Center: The Nuclear Age
The Nuclear Age is an age of discovery, dating from 1895 to the present day. With the discoveries of radiation and the nuclear reaction, the development of new types of weapons, power generation and medicine has changed the world we live in.
Voices of the Manhattan Project: Oak Ridge, TN
In 1942, General Leslie Groves approved Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as the site for the pilot plutonium plant and the uranium enrichment plant. Manhattan Project engineers had to quickly build a town to accommodate 30,000 workers--as well as build the enormously complex plants.
Book: White Collar Radicals : TVA's Knoxville Fifteen, the New Deal, and the McCarthy Era
At Work in the Atomic City: A Labor and Social History of Oak Ridge, Tennessee They came from all corners of the country-fifteen young, idealistic, educated men and women drawn to Knoxville, Tennessee, to work for the Tennessee Valley Authority, one of the first of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal projects. Mostly holding entry-level jobs, these young people became friends and lovers, connecting to one another at work and through other social and political networks.. What the fifteen failed to realize was that these activities-union organizing and, for most, membership in the Communist Party-would plunge them into a maelstrom that would endanger, and for some, destroy their livelihoods, social standing, and careers.
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