The Men Who Built America

The Men Who Built America

The Men Who Built America

  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Release Date: 2012-10-16
  • Advisory Rating: TV-PG
  • Episodes: 9
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes HD Price: USD 18.99


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.


Title Time Price
1 A New War Begins 42:59 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
2 Oil Strike 43:47 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
3 A Rivalry Is Born 43:56 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
4 Blood Is Spilled 44:06 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
5 A New Rival Emerges 43:44 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
6 Owning It All 44:04 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
7 Taking the White House 45:42 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
8 The New Machine 42:35 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
9 Season 1: Sneak Peek 01:50 Free Buy on iTunes



  • Impressive

    By ataveras
    Really liked it, highly recommended, a must see
  • Propaganda trash

    By Buttabumps
    This is a fantasy that erases the real builders of America: Native Americans, Blacks, poor white workers, Asians, and Latinos. Shame on the History (😒) channel
  • Unreal

    By Joshua a Cohen RBC
    Im a guy that loves homeland, breaking bad, sons of anarchy, etc. In other words, I am not a history buff - but I will say that by far and away this is my all time favorite series. I can watch it over and over. Unreal and a must watch for all Americans and entrepreneurs.
  • The Men Who Built America

    By This game is really well made
    This show is great. It really is very well done and it is a must see for any history buff of any age.
  • Simplistic approach to pump the drama

    By RoadTrixie
    Watched the first episode with someone knowledgeable in economics and history. He warned that the drama simplified complex issues and described some events with inaccurate hyperbole–“The first time, the only time”. Although the intent to show the 19th century entrepreneurs in a positive light was admirable, we ended up not 100% trusting the content. And like many other people here, we find the repetition annoying enough that we did not continue to episode two.
  • Really great

    By Emi975
    Worth the purchase. Can't wait for my son to watch
  • Love it!

    By Kellz1025
    Love it!!!!!
  • Again with the same scene!!

    By Ivanopp69
    Great concept and production value is good. But unfortunately I agree with what everyone is saying. Same scene, why. I paid for this n I know there's no commercials. So why not edit?!!?
  • Great content

    By garybishopisnow
    I rated this 5 stars for the content. However, like other reviewers have said before, poor editing turns a 25 minute show into 45 minute show. Too many repeated scenes following (cut) commercials. I hope the studios will figure out this new model of production sooner rather than later. A Good deal of the Netflix TV series' suffer this same problem.
  • Great Show, Minor Flaws

    By beermonger
    This series was incredibly successful at dramatizing the development of big business and impact of the industrial revolution. Overall I thought they did an excellent job. However, I have a few minor criticisms. Occasionally I felt the scenes depicted were misleading and somewhat at odds with the actual facts. (1) During the Fisk Massacre scene it appeared as if dozens of workers were shot as the mercenaries opened fire into the crowd. When describing the aftermath the reports stated six (about six) workers were killed. If I had only watched the dramatization, I likely would have estimated the death toll as 30+. (2) The commentary on Ford depicted him as a "hero" of the common man while completely glossing over his rampant anti-semetic views and close association with Hitler (look this up if you think I am off base and I think you will be surprised). This information on Ford may be beyond the scope of the documentary but I think it is relevant given how he was portrayed in the show. In addition, while the assembly line contributed to the emergence of the middle class, it also dehumanized the American work force by reducing each worker to an easily replaceable cog in the massive industrial machine. I am not against big business in general, I just feel that giving both sides of the issues would have led to a more thought provoking and balanced documentary. If someone with greater knowledge can weigh in and give insight as to whether the Fisk Massacre was depicted accurately I would appreciate it as these are just observations based on my limited knowledge of the topic. Thanks for reading!