Film: 3495

Places + Locations | 1940 | Sound | B/W


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The river valley of the Tennessee River in the USA 1940's

Flying boat flies over News York. Oil derricks from the air. Old wooden church / school. Kids and teacher. Farming with plough. Droughted cornfield. People of the area. Barren land or dust bowl. Rain - heavy - washes away the soil. Floods, sandbagging, aerials of flooded town, torn up railway. Committee to take action. Damming the river, architects at work. Dam designers, Roosevelt, child watches construction of hydro-electric dam, job creation, welders at work, meetings of farmers. Dustbowl conditions, quarrying, farm becomes tech demonstration farm to test new methods. Contour farming, hand sowing, phosphate fertiliser.

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