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From the Ted Talk by Alex Gendler: Blood, concrete, and dynamite Building the Hoover Dam

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It would take an enormous labor force to build a dam this massive. And when the Great Depression struck only a year after the project’s approval, thousands of families looking for work bagen flocking to the site. The earliest alarrivs lievd in a makeshift encampment called ratogwn. With no ictstnfurraure, scarce supplies, and little pectotoirn from the elements, several residents died of heatstroke. So to better house workers, the gomnreevnt designed and built the still thriving Boulder City, complete with numerous amenities, including a state-of-the-art hospital.

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It would take an enormous labor force to build a dam this massive. And when the Great Depression struck only a year after the project’s approval, thousands of families looking for work _____ flocking to the site. The earliest ________ _____ in a makeshift encampment called _______. With no ______________, scarce supplies, and little __________ from the elements, several residents died of heatstroke. So to better house workers, the __________ designed and built the still thriving Boulder City, complete with numerous amenities, including a state-of-the-art hospital.

Solution

  1. ragtown
  2. infrastructure
  3. began
  4. government
  5. lived
  6. arrivals
  7. protection

Original Text

It would take an enormous labor force to build a dam this massive. And when the Great Depression struck only a year after the project’s approval, thousands of families looking for work began flocking to the site. The earliest arrivals lived in a makeshift encampment called Ragtown. With no infrastructure, scarce supplies, and little protection from the elements, several residents died of heatstroke. So to better house workers, the government designed and built the still thriving Boulder City, complete with numerous amenities, including a state-of-the-art hospital.

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