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Subject: History

Timeblazers: History and More Series

"Highly Recommended. Each episode provides an interesting, engaging history lesson packaged in a kid-friendly format. Viewers can discuss what we can learn from history. What lessons have historical events taught us? How have things we take for granted today evolved over the centuries? Viewers can have fun looking Click for more

10. Money: Barter, Coins, Paper and Gold

10. Money: Barter, Coins, Paper and Gold

Against her will, Shakira (Jasmine Richards) is stuck doing some extra chores around the house in order to raise a little extra cash for some new computer equipment. And, in her pursuit of a few extra dollars, she wonders what the world would be like without money - and just where the concept of currency came from in the first place. In a wink, Timeblazers Sam (Mike Ackerman) and Jen (Heidi Leigh) whisk Shakira back to a time when ancient Chinese civilizations were using cowrie shells as currency, and when buying a water buffalo meant coughing up the animal's weight in coins. Our time travelers flash forward to the 1800s, when goods could be purchased in exchange for beaver pelts - a concept that probably wouldn't go over well in today's video stores, although Shakira has great fun just imagining it! In another instant they're smack in the middle of the 1400s, when "gold fever" gripped the imaginations of explorers who dreamed of finding the fabled city of El Dorado. But it was the California gold strike in 1849 that brought more than 50,000 prospectors to the west in search of easy riches, and literally opened up the Wild West. Since the beginning of time, people have been obsessed by money. While most folks determined to come by it honestly, money also bred the vilest of thieves - like the plundering pirates who terrorized the high seas, and the masked robbers who held up the trains that moved money across the country. In her own search for spare change, Shakira upends the very house she's supposed to be tidying and realizes that we never seem to figure out that getting money dishonestly is often a lot harder than getting it honestly. 05/10DE/CC Closed-Captioned IJ 30 min.
Also See: The United States Mint at Denver: How Money is Made; Gold and Money

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