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Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Astor, Ford and Morgan. Their names are part of history and synonymous with the American dream. These men transformed every industry they touched: oil, rail, steel, shipping, automobiles, and finance. Their efforts transformed a country. Rising from poverty, their paths crossed repeatedly as they elected presidents, set economic policies and influenced major events of their day - from the Civil War to The Great Depression. 12 million historical negatives, many made available for the first time by the Library of Congress, are brought to life to offer an unprecedented view of America's Industrial Age – and the men who built it.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoA New War Begins||As the nation attempts to rebuild following the destruction of the Civil War, Cornelius Vanderbilt is the first to see the need for unity to regain America's stature in the world.||42:59||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoOil Strike||Kerosene is lighting America after dark in unprecedented ways. The demand for oil is sky high and Vanderbilt knows that oil can fill his trains. He turns to a young maverick oilman from Ohio, John D. Rockefeller, to do just that.||43:47||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoA Rivalry Is Born||Andrew Carnegie immigrates to the United States with his parents and starts working at age 12. He finds a patron in railroad executive Tom Scott who teaches him about the business. By age 30, while already running his own business, Scott hires him to build a bridge over the Mississippi river to link East and West in a way never before thought possible by train. Carnegie agrees, but doesn t know how he'll build a bridge strong enough. Carnegie's doubt is quelled when he finds his answer in steel. Before Carnegie realizes the full potential of steel, his mentor Scott dies in a state of humiliation at the hands of John D. Rockefeller's oil pipeline. Carnegie vows to have his revenge and best Rockefeller.||43:56||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBlood Is Spilled||Carnegie hires a hatchet man, Henry Frick, to help him achieve his goal of besting Rockefellar. The partnership seems promising, but Carnegie does not know that Frick is running his factories far beyond capacity. Frick cuts corners and soon the pair is responsible for the biggest manmade disaster America has ever seen: the Johnstown flood, which claims more than 2000 lives. Carnegie hates being disliked, and his initial impetus to seek revenge becomes the furthest thing from his mind.||44:06||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoA New Rival Emerges||While Carnegie and Rockefeller continue to battle, JP Morgan arrives on the scene and establishes a bank in New York City that has one goal: to further the technological advancements of America.||43:44||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoOwning It All||With an investment from Morgan, the Edison Electric Company is created and begins wiring homes in New York. A rival, Nikola Tesla, soon emerges with a different technology for electric light.||44:04||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTaking the White House||Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Morgan have gone unmonitored for decades, but American politicians are about to change that. They want these men to fall into line under government control. The men, some lifelong enemies, come together with a plan to buy the White House by donating the modern day equivalent of $30 million dollars to Ohio Governor, William McKinley. McKinley intends to repay his backers; he repeals regulation after regulation to allow them the freedom to do unimaginable things without consequence or impediment. Morgan and Carnegie create US Steel, the first billion dollar company while Rockefeller takes control of 90% of North American oil.||45:42||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe New Machine||A young engineer named Henry Ford devises the plan for a gas-powered car. McKinley is assassinated and his VP Theodore Roosevelt takes office and quickly passes a series of regulations increasing oversight of American business. Ford receives his financial backing and comes up with the concept of the assembly line. He targets the middle class with his new product and changes the landscape of America. Rockefeller is put on trial for anti-trust violations. He loses in court and his company, Standard Oil, is one of the first monopolies broken up by the US government. JP Morgan helps to establish the Federal Reserve. This cements Morgan's legacy as the father of modern capitalism. Carnegie, still reeling from his culpability in the Johnstown disaster, gives away much of his fortune. His example of charity paves the way for individuals like Bill Gates who will do the same. As the US army sets sail for Europe, one thing is clear... these men didn't discover America. They built it.||42:35||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|101||HDVideoSeason 1: Sneak Peek||Download a free sneak peek of The Men Who Built America now!||1:50||Free||View in iTunes|
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While I like the production amd entertainment factor and light hollywood approach to history I don't appreciate the History channel's continuos repeating of scenes. After every commercial break we get about 2 minutes of recap of the storyline and we end up with maybe 30 minutes or so of original story. Most of their programming has this annoying approach of fitting a 30 minute program into an hour slot.
Great depiction of Capitalism at its best!
Outstanding documentary. I am a teacher and will play this for our Big Business Unit. This will engage students in a different way with a well set up series.
This series should be shown in every classroom in America ... young people need to be inspired not discouraged ... and the fact that this is extremely visual will help hold their attention ... great performances, great cast, photography, and special effects ... I'm getting every episode ....