What was the purpose of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) ?
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The purpose of the TVA was to contribute to the economic development of the Tennessee Valley in particular and to improve economic conditions in the South and the whole US more generally.
One of the aims of the New Deal was to improve the long term economic prospects for the whole country. The idea was that this would prevent future depressions from occurring. One long term goal was to improve the economic conditions in poor areas like the Tennessee Valley. This is what the TVA was meant to do.
Specifically, the TVA built a number of dams. The dams were meant to bring electricity to the area, to make the river more navigable (which would increase trade) and to prevent floods. By doing all of these things, the dams set up under the TVA would contribute greatly to the economic development of the region.
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