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21st Century Turning Points In U.S. History

2007-2009 (#104)

Program 4: 2007 - 2009
The end of the decade of the 21st century was the best of times and the worst of times. Finally, America understood the consequences of global warming; a sea change occurred when it elected a Black president, but in the end, it faced disaster when the subprime mortgage debacle almost brought the financial system to its knees.
- 2007 - Al Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize for Work on Climate Change
- 2008 - Barack Obama Wins Presidency
- 2009 - America Responds to a Deep Recession
[27 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: This series examines the most significant events in America since the turn of the century: our nation under attack on her own soil, a natural disaster destroying one of her major cities, Americans facing the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, and the nation's infrastructure - roads, water systems and electrical grids -deteriorating. It is also a decade of hope. The country elected its first African American President, the Internet connected people in ways unimaginable just ten years ago, and mapping the human genome gives the promise of a brighter, healthier future.

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