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Significance Interstate Highway Act 1956

The Significance of the Interstate Highway Act of 1956

One of the biggest construction projects that had the most historical significance was the United States’ Interstate Highway Act of 1956. The bill played a monumental role in shaping the future of the US and transforming the national landscape. The Interstate Highway System had its origins in the woes of the Great Depression. World War …

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History Hoover Dam

The History of the Hoover Dam

When looking at the history of the Hoover Dam, one must admire the incredible planning that went into its creation. The foresight of the project’s engineers and overseers to create a massive construction project that has stood the test of time is truly remarkable. The need for the Hoover Dam stems from the vast history …

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The Soaring Demand and History of the French Fur Trade chart

The History and Impact of the French Fur Trade

The history of the French fur trade dates back to as early as the 16th century. This was a time prior to any permanent European settlements north of Florida. The French were the first to initiate and recognize the value of North American fur, though the Dutch, English, and other nations soon followed. The trade …

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Timeline of The Domestication of Plants and Animals

In order for humanity to transition from hunter gatherer groups to agricultural based societies the domestication of plants and animals was needed. The domestication of plants in particular is a fascinating topic. What most do not know is that plants were domesticated in many different regions of the world independently. That is, crops were not …

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Breakdown of the Marshall Plan Aid by Country chart

Breakdown of the Marshall Plan Aid by Country

In the aftermath of World War II, Europe was in ruins. After 6 years of war cities and industries across the continent were reduced to rubble from fighting and aerial bombings. Something needed to be done to return the countries back to their prewar levels. Enter the Marshall Plan. Named after former US General and …

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Meiji Restoration Boost to Japanese Economy chart

The Meiji Restoration Boost to Japanese Economy

At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century Japan experienced an incredible transformation. In a span of roughly 30 years the island nation went from a feudal society to an imperial power during a period known as the Meiji Restoration. This chart shows just how much of a boost the Meiji …

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Hyperinflation of the German Mark 1923 chart

Hyperinflation of the German Mark in 1923

Hyperinflation is defined as a very high and often accelerating rate of inflation. When a country experiences hyperinflation, the results are typically disastrous. This chart shows the hyperinflation of the German Mark in 1923. Some inflation is typically the sign of a healthy economy. Inflation signals a rise in the general cost of goods in …

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