The Men Who Built America


The Men Who Built America
John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and J.P. Morgan rose from obscurity and in the process built modern America. Their names hang on street signs, are etched into buildings and are a part of the fabric of history. These men created the American Dream and were the engine of capitalism as they transformed everything they touched in building the oil, rail, steel, shipping, automobile and finance industries. Their paths crossed repeatedly as they elected presidents, set economic policies and influenced major events of the 50 most formative years this country has ever known. From the Civil War to the Great Depression and World War I, they led the way.

Genre: Documentary, Mini-Series

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    • Episode 7

      7. Taking the White House

      aired: Sun, Nov 11, 2012

      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.

    • Episode 6

      6. Owning It All

      aired: Tue, Oct 30, 2012

      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.

    • Episode 5

      5. A New Rival Emerges

      aired: Tue, Oct 30, 2012

      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.

    • Episode 4

      4. Blood Is Spilled

      aired: Tue, Oct 23, 2012

      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.

    • Episode 3

      3. A Rivalry Is Born

      aired: Tue, Oct 23, 2012

      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.

    • Episode 2

      2. Oil Strike

      aired: Tue, Oct 16, 2012

      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.

    • Episode 1

      1. A New War Begins

      aired: Tue, Oct 16, 2012

      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.

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