The Men Who Built America
- 1 Season
Every culture is shaped and altered, in some way, by the prolific and powerful figures. Each culture has one, or several, pivotal moments and figures that change everything; whether for the better or worse; the United States of America is no exception to that rule and during the Fall of 2012 the History Channel aimed to take a look at the prolific members of society who shaped the nation. A four-part miniseries entitled The Men Who Built America debuted to rave reviews. Each episode was two hours long and focused on an individual who was influential and powerful during the industrial revolution. The four episodes focus on the progression of the nation through the industrial revolution into the world of the automobile. The episodes focus on several important figures, but great attention is paid to Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller. These four individuals play important roles in exactly what shaped, built and altered the American Landscape forever. Vanderbilt; a steamboat adapter eventually built a railroad empire. Carnegie took the steel world by storm. Rockefeller focused on the world of oil and Morgan made his money in big business. These four individuals grew to such great power within their individual fields that they influenced everything from business operations to politics, to the building of roads and railways. There reach was so impressive that little was done without the influence of one or all of the men. Because of this they truly built America. The History Channel's miniseries The Men Who Built America takes an unbiased, and often unapologetic look, at the way these men and other powerful individuals during the time built and changed the nation. The miniseries also takes a serious look at the relationship between the men; often competitive and rarely nice, these powerful men were intimidated and put off by one another. This view of the men lends itself well to an interesting delve into the world of psychology; but perhaps that's a different miniseries in the works. The popularity of the miniseries has many wondering if further series will be produced. While no official word has been heard, yet, it is likely that the world will see more men who have built the nation through the world of a docudrama, miniseries by the History Channel.