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
From 22 Ratings


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



  • Great depiction of Capitalism at its best!

    By Dcskier25
    Outstanding documentary. I am a teacher and will play this for our Big Business Unit. This will engage students in a different way with a well set up series.
  • Fantastic

    By Hookscloud
    This series should be shown in every classroom in America ... young people need to be inspired not discouraged ... and the fact that this is extremely visual will help hold their attention ... great performances, great cast, photography, and special effects ... I'm getting every episode ....
  • Would be outstanding if….

    By J from pdx
    For a 43 minute show, they repeat the same scene at least twice, which you can only assume were commercial breaks when originally aired. This clearly could have been a good show, but either poor editing or the desire to stretch the content to multiple shows is truly devalues the product. So much of the content is repeated, it becomes difficult to watch and really would just like to have my money back.. Season and previous episode recaps, sure, but recap on content you saw just seconds ago, real annoying.
  • Amazing!

    By JFh1262
    I am an entrepreneur who has lost a bit of the drive and this has refreshed my engines. Well done.
  • The men who built America

    By JohnHerbstreith
    The series was very well done. Oet's a great information. It seems to be based off the book American Colossus. My only problem was that much of the information was reiterated several times following the commercial breaks.
  • Too much repetition, Need more History!

    By joeearthling
    The production values are high. This show really suffers from the repetition of scenes and dialog which detracts from the entertainment value. There should be more history rather than constantly repeating the information from the previous segments after returning from the commercial breaks.
  • Fact Or Fiction

    By jack.n
    Watched one episode. The episode fails to even mention John D Rockefeller's younger brother, William. The church hymn being song by the 20 something, Mr. Rockefeller wasn't even written until the early 20th century. Normally I wouldn't be so critical but this is the "History" channel. If you watch this like a made for TV drama, and don't depend on it for accuracy, then the show is actually very good.
  • You may call it Monopoly but I call it Enterprise

    By MrVasireddi
    Hope it's as good as America The Story Of Us
  • An Entrepreneur's Dream Series

    By Ron Baker
    I've been in the freelance photojournalism business for over 38 years and it can be a tough business at times. How these men faced the challenges of their day and saw opportunity where most men failed to see is not only inspiring, it's a business lesson for the ages. I'm purchasing the season just to prepare myself to think like some of these entrepreneurs thought and try to see some opportunities that I've been overlooking. Great job History Channel.
  • Looking good

    By Maatyl
    Judging by this preview, it looks like "The Men Who Built America" could turn out to be an excellent series. The animation and special effects look great, the cast doesn't appear bad, and they have some excellent material to work with here. Beating "America - The Story of Us" is a pretty tall order, though. That's my only worry about it - can't wait for the release of the first episode!


  • dood

    By AmazingSuperAwesomeCat
    rockefeller is dood :) intro song is dood

    By Mazb88
    Loved the show very much - can’t wait for next season
  • What A Story of Americans

    By USMale
    I absolutely loved these episodes. This was truly what Capatalism and free market is about. Thank God for these few indivisuals to have brought America into the modern ages, and to the front of the most incredible country this world has ever seen. I recommend this series to all people.
  • 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!!!!!