Happy Eightieth Birthday, Tennessee Valley Authority

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Thousands of people displaced and their farms submerged. Natural habitat destroyed. Libertarians decrying the federal nationalization of power generation. Billions of dollars spent on stimulus. Supreme court challenges about States' rights and the Federal Governments authority and jurisdiction.

It sounds like a cross between the Three Gorges Dam in China and the American Senate today, but in fact it was all about the Tennessee Valley Authority, founded on May 18, 1933.

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