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Population Removal
In his 1943 book about the Tennessee Valley Authority, C. Herman Pritchett observed, "Nowhere did the Authority's program have more direct and disturbing effects than upon the hundreds of families who had to abandon their homes and farms to the waters of a TVA reservoir." Relocation brought joy to some people and anger for others. For instance, Oma Boren was overjoyed that she no longer had to carry water from the spring because her new home came with running water. Conversely, the story of Mrs. Fannie Cotham shows a woman incredibly upset with TVA: "My friends are not the cause of me being out of a home." Thousands of land condemnation proceedings removed people from the only homes they had ever known. As you can see, the records illustrate that the process of relocating people in the Tennessee Valley region was a very personal event which impacted each affected family in different ways.
Stooksbury Farm

Stookesbury Story of Displacement

ca. 1934

Differences in Displacement

Differences in Displacement

January 1937

Relocation Assistance

Relocation Assistance

July 29, 1963

Boren Family Relocation

Boren Family Relocation

August 10, 1966

Ross Family Relocation

Ross Family Relocation

March 1965-July 1966

Before and After

Before and After

June-July 1966

Dealing with Furriners

Dealing with "Furriners"

March 23, 1953

Difficulties in Displacement

Difficulties in Displacement

January-July 1946

Readjustment of Families

Readjustment of Families

June 1, 1943

Condemnation Procedures

Condemnation Procedures

May 28, 1965