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Construction Workers Built Us

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Norris Dam (1936) - Construction worker facing dam

There is no substitute for hard work. –Thomas Edison All my sympathies are on the side of those who toil–of those who produce the real wealth of the world–of those who carry the burdens of mankind. – Robert Green Ingersoll (from the essay “Eight Hours Must Come”, 1890) In May of 1933 amid the Great Depression, the U.S. Congress created the Tennessee Valley Authority. Its mission was to provide flood…

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American History Seen Through Five Trades

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Old Tools

“A nation that forgets it’s past can function no better that an individual with amnesia.” -David McCullough What may be done with hands and a tool. This is the essential relationship of the human story. Since way back. Before technology, before history, before most everything we know. Since the human animal fashioned a sharp object perhaps to hunt efficiently or to make fire, all of our shared experience since then…

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Knoxville’s Interstate 40 Closure

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photo credit: Daquella manera Here in a couple of weeks drivers in Knoxville, Tennessee will be detoured on different routes. Those who work in or close to Downtown Knoxville will have their patience tested at first, but after a few weeks I would say everyone will get used to it. This of course is all due to the I-40 closure for construction. I am happy they have decided to get…

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