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Bud | Ken Burns: Horatio's Drive

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After getting stuck in the mud and running over a skunk, Horatio and his driver added a third member to the team in Caldwell, Idaho—a young bulldog named Bud.

Mt. Shasta | Ken Burns: Horatio's Drive

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Horatio drove through beautiful countryside in Northern California. It was a visceral experience with the open car. They headed away from the mountains and came to the town of Alturas, California.

New York | Ken Burns: Horatio's Drive

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They crossed the Hudson at Albany, New York to a cheering crowd and met up with reporters and Mrs. Horatio Jackson in Peekskill, NY. They drove into Manhattan at 4:30 in the morning on July 26th. The trip took 63 days, 23 hours, and 30 minutes. Horatio, Crocker, and Bud were the toast of town. The story took on epic proportions in the newspapers.

Government Reform Programs | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

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By 1937, the Dust Bowl farmers are asking for government help in regulating the land by forcing other farmers to take better care of their soil. They even consider declaring martial law. For many farmers who had previously demonstrated independence and suspicion of government, this is a substantial ideological turnaround.

Modern Machinery | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

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Modern machinery made farming more profitable and changed the structure of the land for growing wheat. The result was more land speculation, more acreage turned over to wheat farming, and a blind faith that the good times wouldn't end, but warning signs were evident.

Lessons | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

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With better weather, the suitcase farmers returned and the same process that caused the Dust Bowl started again in the 1940s. What lessons can we take from what happened in the Dust Bowl?

You Gave Us Beer, Now Give Us Water | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

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FDR was greeted with signs along the road saying, "You gave us beer. Now give us water."

Archer, Wyoming | Ken Burns: Horatio's Drive

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On July 5, 1903, Horatio was stuck in Archer, Wyoming, waiting for parts and missing his wife on their 4th anniversary.

David McCullough Ponders the Wonder of the Bridge | Ken Burns: Brooklyn Bridge

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David McCullough notes how wonderful it is to be part of a community that built the Brooklyn Bridge. One marvels at the tenacity and courage of the human race.

San Francisco | Ken Burns: Horatio's Drive

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On May 23, 1903, Horatio started out in San Francisco on the first American road trip. He writes his wife to thank her for letting him go. The most American thing we can do is get in a car and drive across the country.

Cleveland | Ken Burns: Horatio's Drive

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The Winton Company offered to give Jackson support for the rest of the trip but he refused. He continued his quest across the country with people turning out wherever he went. He arrived in Cleveland to the Winton Company's Headquarters.

Chris Rock Discusses Integration in Baseball | Ken Burns & Lynn Novick: Baseball - The Tenth Inning

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Comedian Chris Rock and others discuss affirmative action, home runs, and integration in baseball.

Marcos Breton on 9/11 | Ken Burns & Lynn Novick: Baseball - The Tenth Inning

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Marcos Breton talks about how America needed to go back to the ballpark after 9/11.

George Melendez Wright | Ken Burns: The National Parks

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George Melendez Wright changed how the National Park Service preserved wildlife. Wright was a young Park Service employee from San Francisco who had a degree in zoology. He would undertake a scientific survey of the parks.

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