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Title: Life in Oak Ridge
Digital Tool: Life in Oak Ridge video
Digital Tool Description: Documentary on Life in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during the development of the atomic research center. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Nuclear Power- Pros and Cons
Digital Tool: Oak Ridge video
Digital Tool Description: Documentary on the development of Oak Ridge as an Atomic Research Center. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Norris Dam: To Build or Not To Build?
Digital Tool: Norris Dam Video
Digital Tool Description: This video documentary examines the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and its decision to build the Norris Dam.  This is part of the Currents of Change educational program. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Tennessee Valley Stories
Digital Tool: Tennessee Valley Stories Videos
Digital Tool Description: A collection of video documentaries available as ALEX podcasts that tell the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, this collection is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: The Norris Dam Bill
Digital Tool: Senator George Norris Reenactment Video
Digital Tool Description: Senator George Norris of Nebraska is known as "The Father of TVA." He had the idea for creating TVA to help people in the Tennessee Valley. Norris worked with President Franklin Roosevelt to create the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1933. Senator Norris often visited the Tennessee Valley and Norris Dam is named for him. David Landis, a former State Senator from Nebraska, looks a lot like Senator Norris did when TVA was created. This video shows Landis portraying Senator Norris as he tells the story of TVA. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: The Greater Good?
Digital Tool: Eminent Domain Acitivity
Digital Tool Description: When does the nation's "greater good" take precedence over the private property rights of an individual? Eminent domain is a complex legal concept that allows the government to compulsorily purchase privately owned land from landowners to meet a public need. This activity will help students explore real world examples of eminent domain and evaluate the effects of it. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Electricity's Impact
Digital Tool: Leo Cobb Oral History Videos
Digital Tool Description: An interview with Tennessee Valley resident and TVA employee Leo Cobb on the coming of TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water. In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity. In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age. This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley. A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Out of the Darkness Photos: Socratic Seminar
Digital Tool: Currents of Change Photo Gallery
Digital Tool Description: Online gallery of historic photographs from around the Tennessee Valley that help tell the story of the people and places that impacted and were impacted by the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Out of the Darkness GDP: Socratic Seminar
Digital Tool: Currents of Change GDP Chart
Digital Tool Description: Gross domestic product, or GDP, is the monetary value of all the goods and services produced by an economy during a specific period, including consumption, government purchases, investments, and exports minus imports. In the graph above, you can see how our GDP stalled during the Great Depression of the 1930s, then quickly increased by the end of the decade, and continued to grow at a more steady pace up to 1960. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Out of the Darkness: Socioeconomic Changes
Digital Tool: Currents of Change Photo Gallery
Digital Tool Description: Online gallery of historic photographs from around the Tennessee Valley that help tell the story of the people and places that impacted and were impacted by the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Dear Mrs. Roosevelt: Children's Letters During the Great Depression
Digital Tool: Website of Primary Source Letters from The Great Depression
Digital Tool Description: This website has copies of 18 letters written by children asking for help during The Great Depression. These primary source documents allow students to read first hand accounts of the suffering and needs of Americans during The Great Depression.


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Title: It's A Dust Bowl Out There
Digital Tool: Interactive Dust Bowl
Digital Tool Description: This Interactive Dust Bowl provides a video that embarks on the journey of those living in the southern Great Plains during the Dust Bowl. Students will watch the demonstration on the Dust Bowl and the effects on the families living in this area during this time.


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