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John Law and the Mississippi Bubble ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB527706
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Jerry Krepakevich, Michael Scott, Kenneth Shere
Directors:  Richard Condie
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Animation, Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, History, Social Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1978
Running Time:  9m 40s


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It was one of the most sensational get-rich-quick schemes heard of in a long time, but it eventually burst over the head of its originator, John Law. This 'rags to riches to rags' story, in which the plan was to open a bank and exchange banknotes (paper!) for gold at wildly inflated share prices, ends when John Law, having been cleaned out as a result of a rush to cash in the notes, is left broke and broken-hearted.

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