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America Marching On (1937)

| Short | 1937 (USA)
Hosted by 'Lowell Thomas' this short illustrates the enterprising nature of the American business and its expansion through time.
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Lowell Thomas ... Host / Narrator
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Lowell Thomas offers a screen editorial on American progress. He asks if there's a pattern. He takes us back 100 years to a mill; the miller and his helper convince neighbors to invest in expanding the mill: they sell shares. Reinvestment leads to more expansion. The miller, the helper, and the investors prosper, as do local farmers. Machinery improves, labor becomes easier, hours shorter, profits greater. The motor car arrives, then the depression of 1907. But they keep to the model of progress: make better goods at lower prices. We see it in cars, in radios, and in travel. Thomas sees higher standards of living in store for all. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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USA

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English

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1937 (USA) See more »

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America Marching On: A Screen Editorial with Lowell Thomas See more »

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Mono
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To the drone of his voice
7 August 2010 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

What we have here is a short chapter in the economics of mass production of goods and the efficiency of mercantile combination as typically expressed in a Social Studies text back when I was in fifth grade, as read by the sonorous voice of Lowell Thomas. Back then it was usually accompanied by a few pictures of mills and some graphs, showing production and allocation of each dollar: so much for the workers, so much for the machinery and so much for the nervy capitalist who made these things possible.

For what it is, in its simplistic fashion, it is pretty good. Certainly when I was in grade school this was American Capitalism as we learned it. Given that this was released in 1937 during a particularly noxious year in the Great Depression, it was also clearly a demand that Washington Keep Its Fingers out of business, with a grand promise that we would have more cars, radios and flour than before.

Sorry, folks, but the world is more complicated than that....


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