♥ Book Title : TVA and the Dispossessed
☯ Full Synopsis : "One of the most notable agencies of the New Deal era, the Tennessee Valley Authority was created with a warrant to plan for the socioeconomic improvement of "forgotten" Americans. The construction of the Norris Dam, it was thought, would benefit the region socially as well as economically. This book analyzes and assesses TVA's social experiment in modernization at the grassroots level, using population removal in the Norris Basin as a test case."Article| Michael J. McDonald| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : TVA and the Tellico Dam, 1936-1979
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♥ Book Title : Tennessee's New Deal Landscape
☯ Full Synopsis : "The indelible stamp of the New Deal can be seen across American in the public works projects that modernized the country even as they provided employment during the Great Depression. Tennessee, in particular, benefited from the surge in federal construction. The New Deal not only left the state with many public buildings and schools that are still in active use, but is conservation and reclamation efforts also changed the lives of Tennesseans for generations to come. In Tennessee's New Deal Landscape, Caroll Van West examines over 250 historic sites created from 1933 to 1942: courthouses, post offices, community buildings, schools, and museums, along with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Cherokee National Forest, and the dams and reservoirs of the Tennessee Valley Authority. He describes the significant and impact of each project and provides maps to guide readers to the sites described. West discusses architectural styles that are often difficult to identity, and his lively narrative points out some of the paradoxes of New Deal projects-such as the proliferation of leisure parks during the nation's darkest hours. In highlighting these projects, he shows that Tennessee owes much not only to TVA but also to many other agencies and individuals who left their mark on the landscape through roads, levees, and reforested hillsides as well as buildings. An invaluable resource for travelers as well as scholars, this book reveals a legacy of historic treasures that are well worth preserving. The Author: Carroll Van West is projects manager for the Center of Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University. The author of Tennessee's Historic Landscapes, he most recently edited the volumes Tennessee History: The Land, the People, and the Culture and the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. He is also senior editor of the Tennessee Historic Quarterly."Article| Carroll Van West| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The TVA Regional Planning and Development Program
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is a world-renowned model for regional planning and development. Based along the Tennessee River and its series of hydro-electric power stations, dams and reservoirs, the TVA development program envisioned a broad regional planning program. The program focused on development opportunities and problems around the array of TVA dams and their reservoirs. It also created new 'model' towns and pioneered land-use planning bringing together federal, state, and local agencies, farmers, foresters and industrial firms to further the economic, social, and physical conditions of what had been one of the most seriously lagging regions of the U.S. This book is based on the memoirs and experiences of Aelred J. Gray, former planner with the TVA, who saw the 'big picture' and introduced much of the pioneering work of the agency. Gray worked as a staff planner at the TVA for nearly 40 years including a decade as its chief planner, overseeing numerous changes and developments to the Authority's program. As well as building up the regional industrial development and the foundation of state parks, he also had a strong interest in the region's cities. In the 1950s he introduced TVA's landmark Flood Prevention Program, which became a national model. His review of how this innovative and influential regional development agency functioned and changed through the decades will be of value to all those interested in planning practice, planning history, and regional politics."Article| David A Johnson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Greater Good
☯ Full Synopsis : "Examines the role of press coverage in promoting the mission of the TVA, facilitating family relocation, and formulating the historical legacy of the New Deal For poverty-stricken families in the Tennessee River Valley during the Great Depression, news of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal plans to create the Tennessee Valley Authority--bringing the promise of jobs, soil conservation, and electricity--offered hope for a better life. The TVA dams would flood a considerable amount of land on the riverbanks, however, forcing many families to relocate. In exchange for this sacrifice for the "greater good," these families were promised "fair market value" for their land. As the first geographic location to benefit from the electricity provided by TVA, the people of North Alabama had much to gain, but also much to lose. In The Greater Good: Media, Family Removal, and TVA Dam Construction in North Alabama Laura Beth Daws and Susan L. Brinson describe the region's preexisting conditions, analyze the effects of relocation, and argue that local newspapers had a significant impact in promoting the TVA's agenda. The authors contend that it was principally through newspapers that local residents learned about the TVA and the process and reasons for relocation. Newspapers of the day encouraged regional cooperation by creating an overwhelmingly positive image of the TVA, emphasizing its economic benefits and disregarding many of the details of removal. Using mostly primary research, the volume addresses two key questions: What happened to relocated families after they sacrificed their homes, lifestyles, and communities in the name of progress? And what role did mediated communication play in both the TVA's family relocation process and the greater movement for the public to accept the TVA's presence in their lives? The Greater Good offers a unique window into the larger impact of the New Deal in the South. Until now, most research on the TVA was focused on organizational development rather than on families, with little attention paid to the role of the media in garnering acceptance of a government-enforced relocation."Article| Laura Beth Daws| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Tennessee Valley Authority
☯ Full Synopsis : "In the wake of the Great Depression, one of President Franklin Roosevelt’s most successful New Deal programs was the formation of the Tennessee Valley Authority, a federal government–owned corporation created in 1933 to revitalize the Tennessee River Valley. This book includes essays by experts in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, industrial design, and the fine arts. Featuring new photography by Richard Barnes, The Tennessee Valley Authority interweaves technical, political, aesthetic, and cultural concerns to complete a missing chapter in the study of modern American architecture and design."Article| Young Architects Forum| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Kingsport, Tennessee
☯ Full Synopsis : "Kingsport, Tennessee, was the first thoroughly diversified, professionally planned, and privately financed city in twentieth-century America. The advent of this so-called model city, a glittering new industrial jewel in the green mountains, offered area residents an alternative to rural life and staid small-town existence as the new century dawned. Neither an Appalachian hamlet nor a company town, Kingsport developed as a self-proclaimed "All-American City." Produced by the marriage of New South philosophy and Progressivism, born of a passing historical moment when capitalists turned their attention to Southern Appalachia, and nurtured by the Protestant work ethic, Kingsport today reflects its heritage. From flaunting its patriotism with grandiose Fourth of July parades to being defensive about its pollution, the city exhibits values almost stereotypically those of middle-class America. But loss of vision and a decline in the quality of leadership plague contemporary Kingsport, and, like other American industrial strongholds, it is buffeted by the winds of the high-tech revolution and the changing world economy. This first full-length biography of Kingsport challenges interpretations of regional history that promote the colonial and poverty models. Margaret Ripley Wolfe brings to it the advantage of an insider's perspective. In considering the special roles of capital, labor, industry, and government over seven decades, she neither patronizes Appalachian workers nor treats developers and industrialists as villains. Her book will interest scholars of urbanization, city planning, landscape architecture, and industrialization, as well as local history enthusiasts."Article| Margaret Ripley Wolfe| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Concrete Revolution
☯ Full Synopsis : "Concrete Revolution offers a compelling historical account of the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation's contributions to dam technology, Cold War politics, and the social and environmental adversity perpetuated by the U.S. government in its pursuit of capitalist economic development. Founded in 1902, the Bureau amassed geopolitical power after the Second World War, in response to the Soviet Union's increasing global influence. By offering technical and water resource management advice to the world's underdeveloped regions, the Bureau found that it could not only provide them with economic assistance, and provide the U.S. with investment opportunities, but also gain alliances for the U.S. and further the country's global standing in the face of a burgeoning communist regime. The book includes a number of case studies, from the Bureau's foray into overseas development and the launch of its Foreign Activities Office in 1950, to specific projects such as the Litani River initiative in Lebanon, the Blue Nile investigation in Ethiopia, and the Mekong river basin development project in mainland Southeast Asia, the bureau's longest international undertaking, which affected Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. If, Sneddon argues, we can come to understand dams as both technical and political objects rather than mere instruments of impartial science, we can better participate in current debates about large dams and river basin planning."Article| Christopher Sneddon| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Down & Out in the Great Depression
☯ Full Synopsis : "A collection of letters by the ordinary men, women, and children who suffered through the Great Depression."Article| Robert S. McElvaine| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Disturbing Indians
☯ Full Synopsis : "Disturbing Indians describes how William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Andrew Lytle, and Caroline Gordon reimagined and reconstructed the Native American past in their work."Article| Annette Trefzer| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Strategic Guide to the Coming Rollercoaster Market
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book, based on a new model for stock prices. Postulates that the stock market made a major top as we below the new millennium and has started into a sideways trading range that will last approximately four years. The book details the exact reasons for this viewpoint and also presents strategies to invest through such a period."Article| Michael J. McDonald| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Earthsea Quartet
☯ Full Synopsis : "A Wizard of Earthsea * The Tombs of Atuan * The Farthest Shore * Tehanu Ged is but a goatherd on the island of Gont when he comes by his strange powers over nature. Sent to the School of Wizards on Roke, he learns the true way of magic and proves himself a powerful magician. And it is as the Archmage Sparrowhawk that he helps the High Priestess Tenar escape the labyrinth of darkness. But over the years, Ged witnesses true magic and the ancient ways submit to the forces of evil and death. Will he too succumb, or can he hold them back?"Article| Ursula K. Le Guin| Statement ..."