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How containerization shaped the modern world - Sir Harold Evans

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Sometimes a single unlikely idea can have massive impact across the world. Sir Harold Evans, the author of They Made America, describes how frustration drove Malcom McLean, a small-town truck driver, to invent the shipping container. Containerization was born, and it transformed the modern global economy.

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Containerization fueled globalization, and in this video that’s portrayed as a positive thing. But some people are concerned that these shipping containers might be contributing to some darker aspects of globalization, like human trafficking and terrorism.
About 95% of the cargo that comes into the U.S. arrives by sea. Who’s checking it, and how? Is it possible to look after national security without significantly slowing down international trade? How do security measures at the docks compare with airports, train stations, and other places?
Do some research and create an infographic with your answers. If you live near an international port, arrange a tour or a conversation with a manager there to learn more.
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