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.
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.
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.
Creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority. An ambulance drives in front of hospital at Tennessee River Basin. Wounded man on stretcher is brought to the hospital for medical treatment. Sign board reads 'Anderson County Health Unit'. TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) member takes a class on health education. Children holding cards stand in line. Doctor gives vaccines to them.
Creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Small lake at Tennessee River Basin. TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) protects its members and public through its Malaria control program. TVA members on boat spray pesticide next to river area to kill mosquitos. Man with backpack pump walks in shallow water on edge of river, pumping a manual lever on the backpack and applying pesticide along the shoreline.
Recovery efforts from the Great Depression in the United States. (Footage largely from mid 1930's, produced in 1967). A farmer plows his field using oxen. Men and women work in fields. Price tags on food products. Officials of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration in an office discuss reforms to solve farming over production and low demand. Statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. The White House building. Scenes of dilapidated farms and fields overcome by drought and dust bowl conditions. Farmers sit outside their houses fatigued and exhausted. Faces of tired, fatigued farmers. A town meeting of farmers in a small town. Franklin Roosevelt with cabinet and other officals in early days of his administration. Floods in Tennessee Valley washing away farmland. Farmland scarred by erosion lines and trenches. The Tennessee Valley Authority builds dams and power plants in the Tennessee Valley and helps farmers reclaim and improve land. Farmers in a rural town listen to a Tennessee Valley Authority official present plans of development. Establishment of Rural Electrification Administration. Electric power lines set up in the rural areas of the United States. Franklin Roosevelt addressing the U.S. Congress in the Capitol. Scenes from voting centers and of a voting booth in an American town. Wendell Willkie addressing a crowd. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt converses with an African American official (possibly in connection with signing of Executive Order 8802, the Fair Employment Act). Eleanor Roosevelt behind him, and Secretary of State Edward Stettinius, Jr. to her left. Eleanor Roosevelt speaking to group of African American children.