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What we're looking at now.

I grew up all around TVA. Would see Brown's Ferry every time we went tubing. Would drive over Wilson Dam and Wheeler Dam countless times headed back and forth from Alabama to Ole Miss. While I didn't think too much of the whole public works part of it, TVA was huge. My friends at Wikipedia, who were started in Huntsville [first electrified by TVA] tell it like this: "Even by Depression standards, the Tennessee Valley was economically dismal in 1933. Thirty percent of the population was affected by malaria, and the average income was only $639 per year. Much of the land had been farmed too hard for too long, eroding and depleting the soil. Crop yields had fallen along with farm incomes. The best timber had been cut, with another 10% of forests being burnt each year. TVA was designed to modernize the region, using experts and electricity to combat human and economic problems. TVA developed fertilizers, taught farmers ways to improve crop yields and helped replant forests, control forest fires, and improve habitat for fish and wildlife. The most dramatic change in Valley life came from TVA-generated electricity. Electric lights and modern home appliances made life easier and farms more productive. Electricity also drew industries into the region, providing desperately needed jobs." So we made this print, based on a sign in the FDR Presidential Library. Grab one for 20% off now so we can print it up and celebrate the power that gave us the power to grow.