Man arrives at the offices of Cumberland Homesteads, a New Deal Community being built by the Division of Subsistence Homesteads. He speaks to another man in front of the Information Office. Sign "Cumberland Homesteads Information" visible. He walks down a dirt road and arrives at another office. Sign out front says, "Office. William Macy Stanton, Architecture - Land Planning and Construction. D. F. Folger, Personnel and Purchasing." he enters the office and is seen seated at a table with another man (likely Stanton or Folger), filling out forms to apply for one of the homesteads. He exits the office together with the other man.
Twenty millionth Ford car in Lebanon, Tennessee. The twenty millionth Ford on a ferry, the driver in the car. View of the shore as the ferry approaches dock at Cumberland River. The twenty millionth Ford in the business district of Nashville. A crowd gathers around the car. Views of the crowd.
Advances in education due to developments from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Visitors at the Blount County Fair see a school exhibit with a sign "15 Years of Progress in Rural Education." It displays a small one room school house in 1920, and then the new expanded school in 1935. It shows a "how we did it" area depicting cooperative efforts of the school board and citizens. A school boy standing near the display at the fair. A stack of canned produce in jars.
U.S. Department of Agriculture documentary depicts how rural America used machines to achieve production at a terrible cost to the land and people including erosion and poverty. A man drives a bulldozer to fell trees. A woman with children watches. The bulldozer clears trees and rocks from the land. Trees are felled and uprooted to create more farmland (ultimately leading to overproduction of crops, drops in prices, and depression conditions for farmers). Boxes full of carrot in a truck. A carrot harvester picks carrots in a field. Men tie up the carrots together. Men and women workers stand and watch the machine at work. Workers seated on and around boxes of carrots. A negro worker lights a cigarette. An elderly migrant from the Cumberland Mountains. Expansive views of the Cumberland Mountains and a farm house on a mountain side. A house, horses, hens, ducks and a cow with her calf on the farm. A stern wheel paddle steamer steam ship or river boat moves up a river. Two workers operate machines at a grinding mill or grist mill with water wheel running. A man operates a horse wheel. Elevated views of a river flowing in a valley between mountains and nearby farmland. Tall grass in a field.
Creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Boat moves across in river Tennessee. Animated map shows various dams constructed on Tennessee River Basin. Engineers conduct geological and geographical surveys to determine dam sites and reservoir area. Workers clear the reservoir area of timber. TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) member meets owners of houses in the area. He reads out a document to them. The owners sign document. Property dealer visits woman, inspects houses and takes notes. The American flag in front of the building. Owners visit the house to be purchased.
Film regarding creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Picture of United States Capitol building. Text of 1933 Congressional Act creating the TVA, appears progressively as background while scenes of the project are shown. Aerial view of power plant in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. A little girl stands alone, looking over a TVA dam. A utility worker stands on a large electric insulator. View from a barge as it passes under a bridge on the Tennessee River. Bridge under construction over Tennessee River. Aerial view of flooded area. Animated map shows Tennessee River Basin.