America The Story of Us
- 1 Season
America The Story of Us is a 12-part documentary from the History Channel that covers the United States from the early days as a British colony through the beginning of the 21st century as the world's superpower. The series blends CGI animation, dramatic recreations of historical moments with interviews with prominent Americans to capture 400 years of U.S. history. Journalists Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw, political figures Michael Bloomberg, Colin Powell and Rudy Giuliani, as well as performing artists like Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas and Sheryl Crow all contribute their own perspective on the American story. The series begins with the episodes Rebels and Revolution that cover the early settlement of the new world and the types of people who decided to make the risky move to an unknown world. As the 13 colonies begin to grow in economic power, the rebellious spirit against taxation without representation develops into a revolution. These episodes detail interesting of the founding of the America, from how much tea was dumped during the Boston Tea Party and how George Washington used a secret spy network to win against the British. The next three episodes, Westward, Division and Civil War follow the American expansion west, the importance of the Erie Canal, and the industrial revolution all help America become one of the wealthiest nations in the world. The prosperity also increases a growing divide in the nation about the issue of slavery, which leads to the Civil War. After the war ends, Heartland looks at the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, the ambitious joining of the nation from coast to coast, that brought farmlands to the middle of the country. Cities highlights the huge immigration boom between 1880 and 1930 that brought over 24 million new citizens to the United States that mostly resided in urban centers. Boom and Bust explore the 20th century America, both the impressive industrial achievements of domestic oil production, the steel empire of Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford's cars, as well as the devastating impact of the Great Depression. WWII details how the war pulled the United States out of the economic doldrums still lingering, as well as highlighted the country's importance on the global stage. Superpower and Millennium explore the modern day and future status of the American world political position and what the future may hold in the 21st century. This historical documentary of the United States brings life and detail to a familiar story, and provides a relatively concise and thorough overview of America's unique place in the world.