The BEST Episodes of The Men Who Built America

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2019

Network: History

John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and J.P. Morgan rose from obscurity and in the process built modern America. Their names hang on street signs, are etched into buildings and are a part of the fabric of history. These men created the American Dream and were the engine of capitalism as they transformed everything they touched in building the oil, rail, steel, shipping, automobile and finance industries. Their paths crossed repeatedly as they elected presidents, set economic policies and influenced major events of the 50 most formative years this country has ever known. From the Civil War to the Great Depression and World War I, they led the way. Using state of the art computer generated imagery that incorporates 12 million historical negatives, many made available for the first time by the Library of Congress, this series will bring back to life the world they knew and the one they created. The event series will show how these men took a failed experiment in democracy and created the greatest superpower the world has ever seen. We see how their historic achievements came to create the America of today.

Bloody Battles

#1 - Bloody Battles

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 23, 2012

As it recovers from the Civil War, America undertakes the largest building phase of the country s history. While much of the growth is driven by railroads and oil, it's built using steel.

star 8.02
208 votes
Directors: Patrick Reams
When One Ends, Another Begins

#2 - When One Ends, Another Begins

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 11, 2012

Railroads, oil, steel and electricity have all been harnessed in less than 50 years, but the face of America is changing and will never be the same.

star 7.99
242 votes
Directors: Patrick Reams
A New War Begins

#3 - A New War Begins

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 16, 2012

Out of the turmoil of the Civil War, America enters an age of enlightenment that will change the landscape of the country forever. The growth is driven by five insightful men who will change the world forever.

star 7.92
345 votes
Directors: Patrick Reams
Changing the Game

#4 - Changing the Game

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 30, 2012

The steel and oil have forever changed the face of America, but they are just the beginning. JP Morgan arrives on the scene and expedites growth through finance.

star 7.90
262 votes
Directors: Patrick Reams