The Heartland Series: For the Greater Good

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In 1933 the mountaineers who lived along the banks of the Clinch and Powell rivers had little notion of how their lives would be drastically changed in a matter of months. The creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority and the construction of Norris Dam not only changed their lives it altered the path of the entire region.

It was the rarest of experiences. A centuries old mountain culture is forced to interact with the progressive leaders of President Roosevelt's new deal and yet both groups find a common sense of purpose and respect. This video documents their incredible story and accomplishment.