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Black Gold: The Story of Oil

This documentary looks at the U.S. oil industry’s development and evolution over a century. Beginning with Edwin Drake’s first well in Pennsylvania, we learn about John D. Rockefeller’s rise to prominence as a “robber baron” controlling 90% of U.S. refineries through the Standard Oil Trust; the transition from kerosene to gasoline around the turn of the century; competition from Texas oil wildcatters; anti-trust legislation dissolving Standard Oil in 1911; America’s love affair with the automobile in the 1950s that brought about oil imports; the OPEC embargo; and Gulf War, waged to protect the oil-dependent American economy.
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2017; 1998
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War Planes of World War II

Flight was born in America at the turn of the 20th century. But WWII saw more planes built in a single year—300,000—than had been built in the previous 40. This documentary profiles the key military airplanes of the Second World War, the men who designed them, and the men and women who built them in the race to defeat Hitler’s war machine. They include Bill Boeing’s 247, the first modern airliner; Donald Douglas’ DC-3, adapted for military use as the C-47; Boeing’s B-17 and B-24 bombers; Dutch Kindelberger and Lee Atwood’s P-51 Mustang fighter; and Roy Grumman’s Wildcat and Hellcat Navy fighter.
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2017; 1998