Tennessee Valley Authority

As a part of Roosevelt's New Deal to create employment through public works, the federal government in 1933 created the Tennessee Valley Authority to take charge of a huge integrated development project for the Tennessee River basin. The need for vast numbers of temporary housing for workers that could be disassembled and tracked to new worksites on the many hydroelectric projects resulted in large prefabricated housing developments, as well as the use of large numbers of trailers.