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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

Globalization and Economics (2004)

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How have the forces of globalization shaped the modern world? This unit travels from the Soviet Union to Sri Lanka and Chile to study the role of technology and the impact of economic and political changes wrought by globalization. 

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Globalization and Economics

The Banking System: Why Must it be Protected? (2012)

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The Knickerbocker Bank's failure led to the Bank Panic of 1907, and ultimately inspired a need for a central bank.

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The Banking System: Why Must it be Protected?

Markets: Do They Serve Our Needs? (2012)

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The return of U.S. troops from overseas following World War II created a massive demand for cheap housing. Rising labor and energy costs in the United States in the '60s and '70s forced domestic steel manufacturer NUCOR to find ways to lower production costs.

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Markets: Do They Serve Our Needs?

Challenges in the Hinterlands (2003)

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This video program features two case studies on Europe: Andalucia: Developments in the Hinterlands and 

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Challenges in the Hinterlands

The Maritime Connection (2003)

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This video program features two case studies that focus on maritime countries in the region of Southeast Asia and South Pacific: Indonesia: Tourist Invasion

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The Maritime Connection

Small Farms, Big Cities (2003)

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This video program features two case studies on Japan: Northern Japan: Protecting the Harvest

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Small Farms, Big Cities

Supply and Demand: What sets the price? (2012)

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A two-year drought in California in the 1970s motivated areas such as Marin County to conserve by reducing their water consumption by as much as 66 percent. Following the Arab oil embargoes of 1973, the Nixon Administration latched onto the “world price” of “new” oil, encouraging domestic oil suppliers to drill again.

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Supply and Demand: What sets the price?

The Firm: How can it keep costs down? (2012)

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In 1980, renowned soda company Coca-Cola replaced sugar with high-fructose corn extract in order to lower production costs. In 1963, Studebaker closed its plant, unable to increase sales and take advantage of economies of scale. In the 21st century, printing and publishing company PrintPOD, Inc. avoided increasing domestic labor expenses by tapping into the workforce in India.

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The Firm: How can it keep costs down?

Resources and Scarcity (2012)

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Faced with dwindling resources, Congress fiercely debated whether to preserve 100 million acres of Alaskan land as a national park or open the land for mineral exploration. The need to provide both guns and butter during World War II led to an unprecedented period of economic growth. In the 1970s, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered U.S.

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Resources and Scarcity

Reducing Poverty (2012)

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During the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt put forth a Social Security program, using money from employer/employee contributions. In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Welfare Reform Act, requiring welfare recipients to move into the work force.

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Reducing Poverty

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