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Southern Water, Southern PowerHow the Politics of Cheap Energy and Water Scarcity Shaped a Region$
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Christopher J. Manganiello

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469620053

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620053.001.0001

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New Deal Big Dam Consensus

New Deal Big Dam Consensus

(p.69) Chapter 3 New Deal Big Dam Consensus
Southern Water, Southern Power

Christopher J. Manganiello

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter looks at how Southern Democrats and boosters capitalized on the Corps' Great Depression knowledge and experience. They revised the New Deal big dam consensus' water and energy program and set the stage for Sun Belt commercialism. Dealing with the American South's water problems remained a mostly private enterprise between the New South era and the beginning of the Great Depression. The Wall Street crash and Great Flood of 1929 were the major turning points for the Savannah River valley, and the New Deal provided an opportunity for federal agencies to participate in shaping the future of the nation's hydraulic waterscapes. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) offered an alternative program for resource management, but it was rejected by many Americans and Congress, leaving other federal agencies like the Corps to negotiate with multiple stakeholders over the fate of southern rivers.

Keywords:   New Deal, Sun Belt commercialism, New South era, Savannah River valley, Tennessee Valley Authority, southern rivers

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