POWER: Ickes v. Norris

Unknown to the U.S. at large, one of the fiercest and most important struggles for power in the history of the New Deal went silently on last week. It was like a fight between monsters of the sea: only an occasional bubble of blood marked the threshing progress of the struggle.

The fight was over control of the electric-power plants the New Deal has built (Tennessee Valley Authority, Bonneville, Grand Coulee), is building (Shasta, Red River, Santee-Cooper), and hopes to build (Arkansas River, St. Lawrence Seaway). One man wanted to control them...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!