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American Entrepreneurial Genius

Since 1607, America's great entrepreneurial spirit has created a multitude of inventions, businesses, and advancements that have revolutionized the world. American Entrepreneurial Genius is an extraordinary 14 program series that brings to life the 400-year-old story of over 100 American entrepreneurs including Eli Whitney, Samuel Colt, John D Rockefeller, Levi Strauss, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Mary Kay Ash, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and many others who have molded America into the economic powerhouse of the 21st century.
Program 1: 1607-1789Running Time: 0:28:00

Program 1 takes a look at the beginning of American entrepreneurialism from the first Colony of Jamestown, to Alexander Hamilton’s shaping of the modern industrial economy.

Chapter List
1.) 1607 - Jamestown, England's First Successful American Colony
00:03:53
2.) 1713 - Captain Andrew Robinson Designs and Constructs a Schooner
00:03:06
3.) 1732 - America Initiates Road Infrastructure
00:02:20
4.) 1750 - German Entrepreneurs Invent the Conestoga Wagon and Flatboat
00:02:55
5.) 1750 - America Establishes Industrial Base, Paving the Way to Independence
00:04:14
6.) 1777 - Mary Katherine Goddard Publishes the Declaration of Independence
00:04:19
7.) 1789 - Alexander Hamilton Shapes America's Modern Industrial Economy
00:02:53
Program 2: 1790 - 1825Running Time: 0:28:00

Program 2 tells the story of the first great wave of American entrepreneurship and invention from 1790 to 1825.

Chapter List
1.) 1790 - Samuel Slater, Father of the American Industrial Revolution
00:03:32
2.) 1794 - Eli Whitney Patents the Cotton Gin
00:05:04
3.) 1807 - Robert Fulton Awakens the World to the Steamboat
00:03:07
4.) 1808 - John Jacob Astor Founds the American Fur Company
00:03:18
5.) 1823 - Chinese Entrepreneur Hung Tai Introduces Sugar Mills to Hawaii
00:04:06
6.) 1825 - Erie Canal is Completed
00:03:18
Program 3: 1826 - 1850Running Time: 0:27:00

Program 3 brings to light the Middle Period – a time of explosive growth in American business and entrepreneurship.

Chapter List
1.) 1831 - Cyrus McCormick Operates His Mechanical Reaper
00:02:46
2.) 1834 - The Refrigerator: An American Entrepreneurial Story
00:05:18
3.) 1836 - Samuel Colt Patents Five Shot Revolver
00:03:38
4.) 1837 - John Deere Invents the First Self-scouring Steel Plow
00:03:28
5.) 1844 - Samuel F.B. Morse Demonstrates the Telegraph
00:03:15
6.) 1850 - Expressmen: Butterfield, Wells and Fargo
00:04:04
Program 4: 1851 - 1872Running Time: 0:27:00

Leading to the first appearance of big business in America, the railroad age is brought forward in Program 4.

Chapter List
1.) 1851 - Isaac Singer Markets His Sewing Machine
00:03:20
2.) 1857 - Gail Borden's Condensed Milk
00:03:25
3.) 1869 - Conpletion of the Transcontinental Railroad
00:05:34
4.) 1870 - Rockefeller Incorporates Standard Oil Co. of Ohio
00:05:23
5.) 1872 - Aaron Montgomery Ward Starts Catalog Business
00:04:23
Program 5: 1872 - 1888Running Time: 0:28:00

In Program 5, the economy comes out of the Civil War with the beginning of a  consumer economy and product branding.

Chapter List
1.) 1872 - Andrew Carnegie, Father of the American Steel Industry
00:04:31
2.) 1873 - Levi Strauss Patents Blue Jeans
00:03:52
3.) 1876 - Henry Heinz and the Rise of Product Branding
00:04:46
4.) 1876 - Alexander Granham Bell Demonstrates the Telephone
00:02:14
5.) 1880 - George Eastman Patents Kodak Roll Film
00:03:07
6.) 1888 - Lue Gim Gong, Father of the Florida Citrus Industry
00:04:17
Program 6: 1889 - 1903Running Time: 0:27:00

Program 6 sees the Age of Electrification and the invention of transformational new products from 1889 to 1903.

Chapter List
1.) 1889 - Thomas Edison Establishes General Electric
00:03:13
2.) 1893 - Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse Electrify the World
00:05:19
3.) 1893 - Railroad Magnates Connect the U.S.
00:04:21
4.) 1902 - Willis Carrier Invents Modern Air Conditioning
00:05:39
5.) 1903 - Wright Brothers Fly at Kitty Hawk
00:03:01
Program 7: 1904 - 1925Running Time: 0:27:00

Program 7 takes a look at the advancements of transportation – automobiles and airplanes – and how minority groups contributed to America’s entrepreneurial legacy.

Chapter List
1.) 1908 - Ford Introduces the Model T
00:03:29
2.) 1917 - Boeing, Beech, Cessna and Stearman
00:05:17
3.) 1919 - Adolph Zukor and Louis B. Mayer Form Hollywood
00:05:40
4.) 1924 - George Washington Carver, Renaissance Man
00:03:32
5.) 1925 - Caterpillar Inc. Makes Its Debut in California
00:04:23
Program 8: 1926 - 1955Running Time: 0:28:00

When America emerged victorious from World War II, a new entrepreneurial boom was underway. Program 8 tells the story of this boom, and its great entrepreneurs.

Chapter List
1.) 1926 - Goddard Initiates the Space Age
00:03:00
2.) 1927 - Juan Trippe's Pan Am Takes U.S. Aviation International
00:03:31
3.) 1938 - Chester Floyd Carlson Invents the Photocopy Machine
00:04:25
4.) 1947 - David Sarnoff, Father of American T.V.
00:04:16
5.) 1952 - Bill Daniels Pioneers Cable Television
00:03:08
6.) 1955 - The McDonald Brothers and Ray Kroc
00:05:06
Program 9: 1955 - 1964Running Time: 0:27:00

From Disneyland to IBM, Program 9 transitions America into a consumer-based society and an era of unprecedented wealth.

Chapter List
1.) 1955 - Disneyland, Destination Theme Park
00:04:34
2.) 1961 - Emilio Azcárraga Brings Hispanic Television to the U.S.
00:04:52
3.) 1962 - Sam Walton Founds Walmart
00:03:46
4.) 1963 - Mary Kay Ash Launches Mary Kay Cosmetics
00:03:41
5.) 1964 - Thomas J. Watson Jr. Announces IBM's 360 Mainframe Computer
00:03:58
Program 10: 1965 - 1973Running Time: 0:28:00

The years highlighted in Program 10 are ones that jumpstarted America’s change from a consumer, to an information economy. 

Chapter List
1.) 1967 - Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha
00:05:37
2.) 1969 - J.C.R. Licklider Brings the Internet into Existance
00:04:30
3.) 1971 - Nike, Founded by Bill Bowerman and Philip Knight
00:04:59
4.) 1972 - Allan Alcorn Initiates the Video Game Industry
00:04:50
5.) 1973 - Frederick Smith Begins Operating FedEx
00:03:49
Program 11: 1974 - 1986Running Time: 0:28:00

Program 11 sees the next wave of entrepreneurship, creating an endless supply of new jobs and information sectors in the American economy.

Chapter List
1.) 1975 - Bill Gates and Paul Allen Found Microsoft
00:04:45
2.) 1976 - Sol Price's Warehouse Store
00:04:50
3.) 1980 - Ted Turner Launches CNN
00:04:50
4.) 1983 - Andrew and Peggy Cherng Found Panda Express
00:04:08
5.) 1986 - Oprah Winfrey, Entertainment Mogul
00:05:35
Program 12: 1987 - 1997Running Time: 0:28:00

In Program 12, America’s information age is expanded by the brilliant entrepreneurs of the late 80s and 90s.

Chapter List
1.) 1987 - Howard Schultz Acquires Starbucks
00:04:21
2.) 1991 - Robert L. Johnson Goes Public with Black Entertainment Network
00:04:25
3.) 1991 - John Sie, Founder of Movie Channels Encore & Starz
00:03:38
4.) 1994 - Jerry Yang Co-founds Yahoo!
00:03:15
5.) 1995 - Jeff Bezos Opens Amazon for Business
00:05:06
6.) 1997 - Pierre Omidyar Changes His Company's Name to eBay
00:03:12
Program 13: 1998 - 2004Running Time: 0:27:00

America becomes the unparalleled leader of the information age in Program 13.

Chapter List
1.) 1998 - Pleasant Rowland Sells the American Girl Company
00:04:14
2.) 2001 - Steve Jobs Debuts the iPod
00:07:15
3.) 2003 - Jewish American Mark Zuckerberg Launches Facebook
00:04:09
4.) 2004 - Google Redefines the Internet
00:07:06
Program 14: 2005 - PresentRunning Time: 0:28:00

Business disruption is the major entrepreneurial force in America today. These are the stories of Program 14.

Chapter List
1.) 2005 - Youtube's Video Sharing Democratizes Traditional Media
00:03:48
2.) 2008 - Elon Musk Takes Over Tesla Motors
00:07:05
3.) 2013 - Netflix's Reed Hastings Produces House of Cards
00:03:52
4.) 2015 - Jack Dorsey is Renamed CEO of Twitter
00:02:48
5.) 2015 - Economic Disruptors: Wikipedia and Craigslist
00:05:52
Series SKUENT
Video Programs14
SubjectsHistory, American History, Social Studies, Minority Achievement, Economics
Supplemental Files2
Released2016
Produced By Ambrose Video Publishing Inc./Centre Communications
Copyright ©2016 Ambrose Video Publishing, Inc.
Grade Levels10th Grade through Post Secondary
MARC Records for ENT
MARC records for the Full Series ENT, American Entrepreneurial Genius
American Entrepreneurial Genius - Educators Guide
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