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By the People, For the People (2008)

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The Great Depression drew attention to problems with the United States economy that needed government regulation.

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By the People, For the People

Ideas Shape the World (2004)

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How do ideas change the world? This unit traces the impact of European Enlightenment ideals in the American and Haitian revolutions and in South America.

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Ideas Shape the World

Early Global Commodities (2004)

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What is globalization and when did it begin? Before the sixteenth century, the world's four main monetary substances were silver, gold, copper, and shells.

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Early Global Commodities

Land and Labor Relationships (2004)

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What factors shape the ways in which the basic resources are exploited by a society?

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Land and Labor Relationships

Early Economies (2004)

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How do societies assign value to land, labor, and material goods? A comparison of manorial economies in Japan and medieval Europe is contrasted with the tribute economy of the Inka, and the experience of dramatic economic change is illustrated by the commercial revolution in China.

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Early Economies

Inflation: How Did the Spiral Begin? (2012)

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In the 1960s President Lyndon Baines Johnson continued fueling the domestic agenda of his "Great Society," keeping a low profile on the Vietnam War. But the U.S. overspent and inflation bubbled over.

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Inflation: How Did the Spiral Begin?

Fiscal Policy: Can We Control the Economy? (2012)

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In 1954 relying on "automatic stabilizers," President Dwight Eisenhower withheld raising taxes in order to encourage consumer spending. In the 1960s, newly elected John F. Kennedy and economic advisor Walter Heller pushed Congress to approve a $12 billion tax cut stimulus.

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Fiscal Policy: Can We Control the Economy?

The Federal Reserve: Does Money Matter? (2012)

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The Federal Reserve was originally created in 1913 as an emergency lender to banks--a sort of bank of last resort. The Banking Act of 1935 and the Fed Accord of 1951 broadened the powers of the Fed, widening the range of options and tools it could use to manage the economy.

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The Federal Reserve: Does Money Matter?

Pollution and the Environment: How much is a clean environment worth? (2012)

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In 1977, the federal court system told the Reserve Mining Company to build a $400 million disposal site for carcinogenic materials. After 1970, Los Angeles was looking for a broad-ranging smog-reduction policy to reflect recently amended Clean Air Act standards.

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Pollution and the Environment: How much is a clean environment worth?

Public Goods and Responsibility: How Far Should We Go? (2012)

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In 1937 the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a government-owned utility company, was created to electrify rural communities and control flooding. 1965 marked the first U.S. attempt at national health insurance in the passage of Medicare and Medicaid. In response to 9/11, the U.S.

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Public Goods and Responsibility: How Far Should We Go?

Profits and Interest: How do You Get the Best Return? (2012)

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In response to rising interest rates in the 1970s, the Maryland legislature raised usury ceilings so that more home loans would be available. In December of 1980 Apple Computers went public, affirming four years of hard work with substantial compensation for its founders.

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Profits and Interest: How do You Get the Best Return?

Perfect Competition and Inelastic Demand: Can the Farmer Make a Profit? (2012)

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Farmers lured into producing massive food surpluses for WWI could no longer profit when the war ended and demand plummeted. After 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to improve the conditions of farmers via policies in his New Deal plan.

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Perfect Competition and Inelastic Demand: Can the Farmer Make a Profit?

Oligopolies: Whatever Happened to Price Competition? (2012)

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Competition with General Motors eventually rendered Ford's single-option Model-T obsolete. In 1959, a reporter for the Knoxville News-Sentinel discovered a price-fixing scandal between three big-name electric companies in each of their closed bids to the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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Oligopolies: Whatever Happened to Price Competition?

Monopoly: Who's in Control? (2012)

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In 1890, the Sherman Anti-Trust Act broke up the monopoly that John D. Rockefeller and his company, Standard Oil, had on the oil industry.

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Monopoly: Who's in Control?

Labor and Management: How do they Come to Terms? (2012)

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The International Ladies Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) strike in the early 1900s was inspired by poor working conditions and low wages.

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Labor and Management: How do they Come to Terms?

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