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Faces of the Oil Patch | Oilfield Wives Club

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Learn about Jamilyn Teske, Heidi McCormick, and Tracy Melgaard who are members of the Oilfield Wives Club of Williston and have found support from other women who have recently moved to the Williston area.

Commerce | Steamboats on the Red

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Learn how the steamboats that navigated the Red River were designed to transport goods, not people in this video from the Steamboats on the Red series. Cargo transported included food, farm implements, wagons, livestock, imported goods, and immigrants; but with all that weight in a very shallow river, running aground was a frequent problem.

Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it’s hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. From the first in 1859 to the last that sank in 1909, Red River steamboats hauled thousands of settlers and millions of tons of freight across the border between the United States and Canada. Although it lasted barely 50 years, the age of the steamboat forged a commercial network between the two countries that exists to this day in the Interstate-29 corridor.

From Rags to Riches: The Story of Alonzo Herndon | Georgia Stories

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Alonzo Herndon, a former slave born in 1858 in Social Circle, was ambitious. He sought to better himself and ultimately became a millionaire in Atlanta. After emancipation, he tried sharecropping but realized his path to success meant learning a trade. He learned barbering and eventually opened his own shop in Atlanta called the Crystal Palace. The barbershop served Atlanta's white elite. Through constant hard work and investments in Atlanta property, Herndon became the richest black man in America.

The Civil War: Savannah's Loss, Atlanta's Gain | Georgia Stories

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Northern commanders knew an effective way to cripple the Confederate Army was to cut off necessary supplies. At the beginning of the war, life in Georgia remained the same with most Georgians not directly affected. All that changed after the Union ships enforced a blockade of Southern ports and harbors.

The Bank of North Dakota | The NPL and the Bank

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Learn how A. C. Townley’s Non-Partisan League’s membership rose quickly and soon endorsed candidates for their state ownership platform. The NPL-controlled legislature passed several bills providing support to farmers, including creation of the only state-owned bank in the country.

The NPL-controlled legislature passed several bills providing support to farmers, including creation of the only state-owned bank in the country.

Colorado Coined | Colorado Experience

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The Denver Mint was modeled off the Medici supported architecture in Florence, Italy. It opened in 1904 as an essay office and began minting coins in 1906. Due to the earthquake in San Francisco in 1906, Denver’s coins began to proliferate across the entire west. In 1934, the Federal Government shifted the gold supply from San Francisco to Denver’s Mint, shipping $26.4 billion in gold from San Francisco to Denver. In the 1930’s, Denver had stored collectively more gold then had ever been before on Earth. Coinage in the United States represents the thing which we admire, the values which we hold as a nation. The Denver Mint is representative of the West, the pioneering and venturing ideals of Americans, past and future.

Deep Dive Into the Foreclosure Crisis

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In this video, NewsHour Economics Correspondent Paul Solman talks to Alyssa Katz, who wrote a book on the history of the housing market in America called Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us.

Is America on the Wane?

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NewsHour correspondent Paul Solman talks to Yale historian Paul Kennedy about the rise and fall of great economic powers like the United States.

Labor Unions Weakened by Recession

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The current recession has severely undercut the bargaining power of labor unions and workers' abilities to strike and gain concessions from company leadership. In this video, Economics Correspondent Paul Solman visits Rochester, New York, where 300 workers at the Mott's juice and apple sauce factory called a strike on May 23.

New Deal vs. the Stimulus Package

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Now that government money has begun to trickle down to specific projects in St. Louis, developers hope that the stimulus package will revitalize the city the way that the New Deal did in the 1930s.

The Rise of Videogame Economies | Off Book

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The growth and complexity of online economies surprises many outsiders to the world of gaming. With millions of players around the world, in-game economies generate massive amounts of real dollars. Real-world economic theories can even be applied to these worlds. Many are now so big that game developers have hired real-world economists to help them manage these complex systems. But, with exploitative practices such as gold farming, are these systems in need of more regulation?

Montana Mosaic: Montana Industry - The Tourism Years

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A booming national post-WWII economy created a large American middle class with the means and desire to travel. With Montana’s wide open spaces, clean air, lovely mountains, camping, hunting and skiing, tourism became increasingly important to the state’s economy. Federal government investments in highways and in defense (particularly Cold War era missile silos) also dramatically impacted the state’s economy….and brought more visitors.

The New Mad Men | America by the Numbers: Episode 8

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Learn how advertising is adapting to appeal to a more diverse consumer base in the United States. People of color are quickly becoming the nation's most sought-after consumers, and brands are re-examining their marketing strategies in order to stay competitive in the changing marketplace. Visit Austin, Texas to take an exclusive look inside LatinWorks, one of the most successful multicultural ad agencies in the country, and learn how they are speaking to this multicultural market.

Inside Latinworks | America by the Numbers

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Dive into the Austin-based advertising firm LatinWorks, in this clip from America by the Numbers. Observe as the team puts together their award-winning multicultural ad campaigns. The general market and multicultural market have now combined to make a total market, which aims to reach everyone. In particular, the purchasing power of Latino women and millennials is on the rise, so reaching these consumers has become key.

What's Beautiful Today? | America by the Numbers

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Find out how companies are trying to chase a new demographic of Latino and millennial consumers, in this clip from America by the Numbers. Millennials make up nearly a quarter of the U.S. population, and more than one in five is Latino. Advertisers are focused on connecting with this growing consumer base, but are they successful?

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