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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.
  • Title ID 138-ENT
  • History, American History, Social Studies, Minority Achievement, Economics
  • 14 Programs
  • 2 Supplemental Files
  • 10th Grade through Post Secondary
  • Released in 2016 by Ambrose Video Publishing Inc./Centre Communications
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Included Programs
Supplemental Files

Included Programs

Program 1: 1607-1789Running time is 28 minutes

Chapter List
1607 - Jamestown, England's First Successful American Colony
1713 - Captain Andrew Robinson Designs and Constructs a Schooner
1732 - America Initiates Road Infrastructure
1750 - German Entrepreneurs Invent the Conestoga Wagon and Flatboat
1750 - America Establishes Industrial Base, Paving the Way to Independence
1777 - Mary Katherine Goddard Publishes the Declaration of Independence
1789 - Alexander Hamilton Shapes America's Modern Industrial Economy

Program 2: 1790 - 1825Running time is 28 minutes

Chapter List
1790 - Samuel Slater, Father of the American Industrial Revolution
1794 - Eli Whitney Patents the Cotton Gin
1807 - Robert Fulton Awakens the World to the Steamboat
1808 - John Jacob Astor Founds the American Fur Company
1823 - Chinese Entrepreneur Hung Tai Introduces Sugar Mills to Hawaii
1825 - Erie Canal is Completed

Program 3: 1826 - 1850Running time is 27 minutes

Chapter List
1831 - Cyrus McCormick Operates His Mechanical Reaper
1834 - The Refrigerator: An American Entrepreneurial Story
1836 - Samuel Colt Patents Five Shot Revolver
1837 - John Deere Invents the First Self-scouring Steel Plow
1844 - Samuel F.B. Morse Demonstrates the Telegraph
1850 - Expressmen: Butterfield, Wells and Fargo

Program 4: 1851 - 1872Running time is 27 minutes

Chapter List
1851 - Isaac Singer Markets His Sewing Machine
1857 - Gail Borden's Condensed Milk
1869 - Conpletion of the Transcontinental Railroad
1870 - Rockefeller Incorporates Standard Oil Co. of Ohio
1872 - Aaron Montgomery Ward Starts Catalog Business

Program 5: 1872 - 1888Running time is 28 minutes

Chapter List
1872 - Andrew Carnegie, Father of the American Steel Industry
1873 - Levi Strauss Patents Blue Jeans
1876 - Henry Heinz and the Rise of Product Branding
1876 - Alexander Granham Bell Demonstrates the Telephone
1880 - George Eastman Patents Kodak Roll Film
1888 - Lue Gim Gong, Father of the Florida Citrus Industry

Program 6: 1889 - 1903Running time is 27 minutes

Chapter List
1889 - Thomas Edison Establishes General Electric
1893 - Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse Electrify the World
1893 - Railroad Magnates Connect the U.S.
1902 - Willis Carrier Invents Modern Air Conditioning
1903 - Wright Brothers Fly at Kitty Hawk

Program 7: 1904 - 1925Running time is 27 minutes

Chapter List
1908 - Ford Introduces the Model T
1917 - Boeing, Beech, Cessna and Stearman
1919 - Adolph Zukor and Louis B. Mayer Form Hollywood
1924 - George Washington Carver, Renaissance Man
1925 - Caterpillar Inc. Makes Its Debut in California

Program 8: 1926 - 1955Running time is 28 minutes

Chapter List
1926 - Goddard Initiates the Space Age
1927 - Juan Trippe's Pan Am Takes U.S. Aviation International
1938 - Chester Floyd Carlson Invents the Photocopy Machine
1947 - David Sarnoff, Father of American T.V.
1952 - Bill Daniels Pioneers Cable Television
1955 - The McDonald Brothers and Ray Kroc

Program 9: 1955 - 1964Running time is 27 minutes

Chapter List
1955 - Disneyland, Destination Theme Park
1961 - Emilio Azc√°rraga Brings Hispanic Television to the U.S.
1962 - Sam Walton Founds Walmart
1963 - Mary Kay Ash Launches Mary Kay Cosmetics
1964 - Thomas J. Watson Jr. Announces IBM's 360 Mainframe Computer

Program 10: 1965 - 1973Running time is 28 minutes

Chapter List
1967 - Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha
1969 - J.C.R. Licklider Brings the Internet into Existance
1971 - Nike, Founded by Bill Bowerman and Philip Knight
1972 - Allan Alcorn Initiates the Video Game Industry
1973 - Frederick Smith Begins Operating FedEx

Program 11: 1974 - 1986Running time is 28 minutes

Chapter List
1975 - Bill Gates and Paul Allen Found Microsoft
1976 - Sol Price's Warehouse Store
1980 - Ted Turner Launches CNN
1983 - Andrew and Peggy Cherng Found Panda Express
1986 - Oprah Winfrey, Entertainment Mogul

Program 12: 1987 - 1997Running time is 28 minutes

Chapter List
1987 - Howard Schultz Acquires Starbucks
1991 - Robert L. Johnson Goes Public with Black Entertainment Network
1991 - John Sie, Founder of Movie Channels Encore & Starz
1994 - Jerry Yang Co-founds Yahoo!
1995 - Jeff Bezos Opens Amazon for Business
1997 - Pierre Omidyar Changes His Company's Name to eBay

Program 13: 1998 - 2004Running time is 27 minutes

Chapter List
1998 - Pleasant Rowland Sells the American Girl Company
2001 - Steve Jobs Debuts the iPod
2003 - Jewish American Mark Zuckerberg Launches Facebook
2004 - Google Redefines the Internet

Program 14: 2005 - PresentRunning time is 28 minutes

Chapter List
2005 - Youtube's Video Sharing Democratizes Traditional Media
2008 - Elon Musk Takes Over Tesla Motors
2013 - Netflix's Reed Hastings Produces House of Cards
2015 - Jack Dorsey is Renamed CEO of Twitter
2015 - Economic Disruptors: Wikipedia and Craigslist

Supplemental Files

MARC Records for ENT
MARC records for the series American Entrepreneurial Genius
American Entrepreneurial Genius - Educators Guide