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(S2.E15.) Panel: Economic Impact on Culture

Panel Discussion on the Impact of Economics on U.S. Culture. Welcome to another episode of Then and Now: World History Since 1500. You can subscribe to the podcast series by clicking on the button in the right hand column. You can also listen to just this episode by clicking on the following web link Download file

The podcast explores the impact of economic events or processes on change in the U.S. The four topics explored in the panel discussion included: Exxon Valdez oil spill, creation of indoor shopping malls, introduction of E-commerce practices, and the Klondike Gold Rush. While the initial impact of each of these events was considerable in the local area in which it occurred, the long term impact was far greater in U.S. society as a whole. Often these economic activities had an indirect and profound impact on other aspects of social life.

This podcast is based on a student panel discussion in one of the history courses this semester. Each of the students had completed a paper on a history topic of their choice for a writing course which was paired with this world history course. I grouped the students into small groups of three to five students on a similar topic. The goal was to share highlights from their papers and to develop connections among the papers and with the larger context of U.S. history in which they took place.

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