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The Crisis Divides Rural Communities (14) | Farm Crisis

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Rural communities face deep rifts because of the farm crisis, especially between farmers and their lenders. This segment is part of the The Farm Crisis documentary, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

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.

New Teachers Face Increasing Instability

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Find out why finding a job as a teacher is harder than ever with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from July 22, 2015.

Tough Job Market Hurting Older Workers

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NewsHour Economics Correspondent Paul Solman looks at the challenges older workers face trying to secure a job, let alone retire, amid the downturn.

217: Modern Georgia, Part V | Georgia Stories

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The job market has expanded for women and teens in the past 60 years, but it has shrunk drastically for those without at least a high school diploma. In the 1950s, it was common for women to stay at home, but as time time went on, more and more woman fought for equality and jobs outside of their homes. Teens today are also working more than they did 60 years ago. Today's teen balance school, work, and social activities like never before. For those who choose to leave school, finding work is difficult. High school drop outs have a much more difficult time finding employment.

Recession Changes Shopping Habits

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As part of an ongoing series NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman asks the question, what will this slump in buying do to the economy and the workers that depend on it?

Job Seekers Face Long Searches in Tough Economy

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As part of his ongoing series on "Making Sense" of the economy, NewsHour Economics Correspondent Paul Solman visits a Manhattan job fair where many people have been out of work for as long as a year.