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Measuring America
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This is the story of how the founding fathers gave birth to land ownership in America.

 

In 1790, America's debt was enormous, having depleted the country's money and supplies during its victorious fight for independence. Before the nation's greatest asset--the land west of the Ohio River--could be sold, it had to be measured out and mapped. Measuring America tells the fascinating story of how we ultimately gained the American Customary System--the last traditional system in the world--and how one man's surveying chain indelibly imprinted its dimensions on the land, and on our culture from coast to coast.

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