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About half of Alabama
The Civil War and Reconstruction left
Tennessee struggling economically. However, by the early 1900s, Tennessee was
growing again. Manufacturing and mining industries increased greatly, providing
jobs for some of the unemployed. During the Great Depression (1929-1939) the
economy dropped dramatically, closing factories and making thousands unemployed.
In 1933, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) was organized to conserve and
develop natural resources. Many found jobs building dams on Tennessee rivers.
In 1941, the federal government built the Oak Ridge National Laboratories. This
atomic energy plant helped to develop the atomic bomb that ended World War II
(1939-1945). After the war, the TVA continued to build dam and steam plants
throughout the state. This encouraged new industries into Tennessee from
neighboring states. Tennessee’s economy became one of the fastest growing
economies in the South.
Although Tennessee is now primarily industrial, with most of its people residing
in urban areas, many Tennesseans still derive their livelihood from the land.
The state's leading crops are cotton, soybeans, and tobacco; cattle, dairy
products, and hogs are also principal farm commodities. Tennessee's leading
mineral is stone and zinc ranks second (Tennessee leads the nation in its
production). The state's leading manufactures are chemicals and related
products, foods, electrical machinery, primary metals, automobiles, textiles and
apparel, and stone, clay, and glass items. Aluminum production has been
important since World War I.
Tennessee is a major tourist destination because of its beautiful scenery. Many
lakes were built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Army Corps of
Engineers. The TVA also developed the Land Between the Lakes, an enormous
Kentucky-Tennessee recreation area. Visitors are also drawn by Tennessee's music
capitals, Nashville for country-music lovers and Memphis for jazz. Elvis’ home
Graceland has become the most visited celebrity museum in the country.
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