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The Electric Valley (1983)

| Documentary, History
The Tennessee Valley Authority--the TVA--was a project like no other, and after more than a half-century, continues to shape life in the South.


Ross Spears




Credited cast:
Henry Clark Henry Clark ... Self - TVA Demonstration Farmer
Wilma Dykeman ... Narrator
David Freeman David Freeman ... Self - Former TVA Director
Albert Gore Sr. ... Self
Steve Humphries Steve Humphries ... Self - Knoxville Newspaper Man
David E. Lilienthal David E. Lilienthal ... Self
Louis Lowry Louis Lowry ... Self - Fontana Worker
Arthur E. Morgan Arthur E. Morgan ... Self
Ernest Morgan Ernest Morgan ... Self - Son of Arthur Morgan
George Palo George Palo ... Self - TVA Chief Engineer
John Prine ... Self
Jean Ritchey ... Self - Activist
John Seigenthaler Sr. ... Self - Editor of the Nashville Tennessean (as John Seigenthaler)
Barrett Shelton ... Self - Publisher of Decatur Daily
Curt Stiner Curt Stiner ... Self - Norris Dam Worker
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This documentary tells the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority through the use of archival footage and modern interviews. Created by FDR's New Deal, the TVA brought cheap electricity and modernization to the 7-state Tennessee River Valley, but it also brought unwanted competition to local power providers, as well as controversial dams, nuclear plants, pollution, strip mining, and federal bureaucracy to a region suspicious of government meddling. Written by Martin Lewison <mlewison@utk.edu>

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The TVA- A journal of the American political soul.


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TVA History
29 July 2005 | by pat2580See all my reviews

This is a compilation of various film footage, some of which were from prior TVA documentary films. What sets this apart from many is the emphasis of the relationship between the internal policies of the TVA and the resultant ebb and flow of its popularity, political support, and self-image. In this regard, it is an interesting film to those that study the various forms that TVA has taken between the New Deal beginnings, and the relatively recent foray into nuclear power.

Do not expect excellence in the quality of the film, or even the audio. What you can expect is an uncharacteristic truthfullness, pro and con, with regard to TVA. Too often this type of film either glorifies or demonizes, neither of which is particularly honest. "The River" painted a far too positive picture, even though at the time of it's production, it is understandable. "The Wild River" attempted to show attempts by TVA to humanely displace land owners. This is somewhat true, but not always. The Electric Valley shows the other side of that story as well.

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