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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.

Sundays at 9:00 PM on History Channel
1 Season, 13 Episodes
April 25, 2010
Documentary & Biography
7.3/10
Cast: Daniel Webb, Liev Schreiber, Tom Brokaw, James Meigs
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America The Story of Us Full Episode Guide

Season 1 12 full episodes
  • Episode 13 - Superpower

    World War II transforms America into a global Superpower. The economy booms. Technology feeds the boom and a new age of consumerism is born. More than twenty thousand cars roll off production lines daily and - just like the Transcontinental Railroad more than a century before - the Interstate highways connect the country. After defending their country and their ideals the Greatest Generation comes home. Like the pioneers before them they push back the boundaries, plowing up over a million acres of virgin territory a year to create the suburbs. This pioneering spirit knows no bounds as first the jet age and then the space age takes America into the supersonic era. The first man walks on the moon - and plants the American flag. Optimism for the future prevails - but first America must deal with the past - and the issue of race. It's a second Civil War, but finally the Civil Rights movement brings the words of the Declaration of Independence home to ALL Americans - black and white. America is united once again - but a new enemy is threatening: Communism.

  • Episode 12 - Millennium
  • Episode 11 - Boomers

    World War II transforms America into a global Superpower. The economy booms. Technology feeds the boom and a new age of consumerism is born. More than twenty thousand cars roll off production lines daily and - just like the Transcontinental Railroad more than a century before - the Interstate highways connect the country. After defending their country and their ideals the Greatest Generation comes home. Like the pioneers before them they push back the boundaries, plowing up over a million acres of virgin territory a year to create the suburbs. This pioneering spirit knows no bounds as first the jet age and then the space age takes America into the supersonic era. The first man walks on the moon - and plants the American flag. Optimism for the future prevails - but first America must deal with the past - and the issue of race. It's a second Civil War, but finally the Civil Rights movement brings the words of the Declaration of Independence home to ALL Americans - black and white. America is united once again - but a new enemy is threatening: Communism.

  • Episode 10 - WWII

    The unexpected attack on Pearl Harbor brought America into WWII and the nuclear bomb ended it.

  • Episode 9 - Bust

    The Great Depression begins with the crash of the Stock Market. Roosevelt's New Deal is a symbol of hope and recovery.

  • Episode 8 - Boom

    The automobile is invented by Henry Ford and America strikes oil. Prohibition sparks organized crime.

  • Episode 7 - Cities

    Skyscrapers, the Statue of liberty, and the Empire State building are symbols of a new life for many immigrants.

  • Episode 6 - Heartland

    The Transcontinental Railroad unites the nation and transforms the Heartland. Native American civilizations decline as farmers settle the continent, while cattle replace wild buffalo as king of the plains and the Cowboy becomes a new American icon.

  • Episode 5 - Civil War
  • Episode 4 - Division

    Lincoln's election foreshadows war, slavery continues causing a divide, and commerce and industry boom making the U.S. a wealthy nation.

  • Episode 3 - Westward
  • Episode 2 - Revolution

    The colonies declare independence, taking on the might of the British Empire. Washington's army is near defeat, but new weapons and battle tactics turn the tide. Forged through revolution, a new nation is born.

  • Episode 1 - Rebels

    A new nation is born as early settlers fight for survival.

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