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Agency For Instructional Television
Episode 9 from the Agency for Instructional Television series American Legacy. Host John Rugg and several Mark Twain characters introduce life on the Mississippi River in the 1850s while viewers travel aboard an authentic early American steamboat. Shows a modern towboat lashed to its fifty-six barges and heading for the great port of New Orleans. Views the French Quarter and Jackson Square in New Orleans and dramatizes an episode in the life of the pirate Jean Laffite.

Episode 10 explores the raising of beef cattle in eastern New Mexico and Texas. A Spanish rancho, an early Texas land grant, and a twentieth-century ranch show how changes on the range have slowly brought a new way of life to the cattle country. Stresses the difficulties involved in maintaining a profitable cattle business.

Episode 11 visits several Rocky Mountain mining sites, discussing surface and underground operations. Shows an open-pit molybdenum mine, milling, tailing ponds, and land reclamation. Highlights early gold and silver booms through dramatic vignettes showing the roles played by Horace Greeley and H.A.W. Taylor.
Agency for Instructional Technology
IUL Moving Image Archive
Physical Description
U-matic tape
Other Identifiers
Other: GR00250602; Other: DM-0027; MDPI Barcode: 40000001667155

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