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  • “What is a Dollar?” A History of the United States Dollar

    “What is a Dollar?” A History of the United States Dollar

    This video explores the history of the U.S. dollar from 1776 to the present, seeking to answer the question “What is a dollar?”

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  • The American System Part 4: The 2nd Bank of the U.S.

    The establishment of a national bank was a key part of Henry Clay’s American system. This video explores the controversial beginnings of the 2nd Bank of the U.S. to its final death at the hands of Andrew Jackson and his allies. The bank’s constitutionality and economic impact will be highlighted. Historical Topics Covered: Alexander Hamilton’s American System National Bank Bill 1791 Henry Clay’s 1811 Opinion on National Bank’s Constitutionality 2nd Bank of the U.S. Inflation and Deflation of Money Supply […]

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  • The American System Part 1: Alexander Hamilton’s Plan

    From the nation’s earliest days, Congress has struggled with the fundamental issue of the Federal government’s proper role in fostering economic development. One early government attempt at this was a plan called the American System. The United States website says this about the American System Henry Clay’s “American System,” devised in the burst of nationalism that followed the War of 1812, remains one of the most historically significant examples of a government-sponsored program to harmonize and balance the nation’s agriculture, […]

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