The Men Who Built America

The Men Who Built America

DVD - 2012 | Widescreen.
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Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carmegie, Morgan, Ford, the Men Who Built America. Meet the titans who forged the foundation of modern America and created the American Dream. The mini-series shines a spotlight on the influential builders, dreamers and believers whose feats transformed the United States. a nation decaying from the inside after the Civil War, into the greatest economic and technological superpower the world had ever seen.
Publisher: [New York?] : History ; Santa Monica, Calif. : Distributed by Lionsgate, c2012.
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD 920.073 MEN
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (approx. 360 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Language Note: In English with optional Spanish subtitles.
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).

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catherinemiller
Dec 05, 2019

Awesome video, I loved every minute of it. An oddity: someone keeps hacking into the theater system when I watch movies, and carefully removing certain clips. They are deliberately controlling the information I have access to. I loved the part about gasoline. J.D. Rockefeller hired a group of scientists to find a use for a waste product, which was gasoline. They created the automobile engine to make use of gasoline. Until it was used to power automobiles the gasoline was being thrown out, and was polluting the countryside. The scientists he spoke to said it had no use because it was too volatile. I find this hilarious. This is what we need to be doing with nuclear waste. Think UP, you guys.

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loychik765
Oct 20, 2019

I saw this movie in history class well, not all of it but some with John d. Rockefeller in one part and Andrew Carnegie in other part and last part I saw in class is the Carnegie steel strike on YouTube. I also saw this film on the history Channel a few times but this is all original! This version of the men who built America is unedited, uninterrupted, uncut, and the film was as shown on television but it's all original. It's a 3 disc set. Trains were made a good appearance in the film with British steam trains, German steam trains, a few African steam and even some steam locomotives that were featured like Canadian national no. 89 from the Strasburg railroad, A vintage scene of Canadian Pacific royal Hudson 2860, and even some glimpse shot of Milwaukee road no. 261 which made a movie film scene from the film hidden enemies. From the building of the railroads to the oil monopoly to discovery of steel to workers strike to electric light to owning it all and concluded with the automobile. It takes place after the civil war from the Lincoln assassination to the end of the film saying that they didn't discover America......they built it! So anyway, get this for high school American history class today.

ArapahoeSarahD Jul 16, 2018

They were brilliant and sometimes cruel businessmen but it was through their ingenuity and fearlessness that America rose from the ashes of the Civil War to become the World's powerhouse.

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donnashome
Jan 05, 2016

Loved this DVD! Best one I have seen in a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The history of each man and what drove them to become the men they became in history is fascinating.

Samsung Oct 14, 2015

Largely an acritical look at history; in many ways more fiction than what we could consider real history to today's standards, but entertaining, and thought provoking in ways the producers did not intend. A good companion piece might be the series "Slavery and the Making of America"

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BrendaMills
Sep 11, 2015

Absolutely fabulous! Must watch for everyone for endless reasons. Loved it!!!

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catslib
Aug 04, 2015

Very interesting; learned a lot about the five men profiled. At the end they give some surprising statistics (Vanderbilt was worth 660 billion in today's dollars!)Although not on the same level as a Ken Burns documentary it was pretty good. I felt sorry for the actors since they had few lines but spent most of the time walking purposefully in slow motion, or, in JP Morgan's case, looking determinedly out his mansion's office window. The theme music was a complete mismatch; reminded me of "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood!

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mmjames58
Jul 10, 2015

This film is a typical work of propaganda which i hope, dearly, americans and particularly young americans are beginning to see though. These men were all involved with the set up and legislation of a vast criminal enterprise called Federal Reserve.( which is neither a federal institution nor does it hold any reserves. Read " The Creature from Jekyll sland" If you are at all interested in the facts that propaganda pieces, like "The Men who Built America" are confident you will ignore. It is uncomfortable to take off the blinders and realize all that has been slip past our attention while we contently reaffirm our belief in fairy tales.

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O2bCarrots
Jun 29, 2015

Questionable accuracy on minor details (at least in conflict with Wikipedia): 1- has Tesla parting from Edison over which form of electricity to pursue as opposed to parting over whether Edison offered Tesla financial reward for improving a machine and didn't fully follow through; 2- has Frick shot only once and then overcoming his assailant solo as opposed to shot twice before Leischman grabbed the assailant's arm preventing a third shot.

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Keogh
Jan 16, 2014

Better than I would have expected, given that this is a relatively recent release from History Television, which has largely abandoned its mandate for endless amounts of reality shows about pawn brokers, conspiracy crap about aliens, and other dubious programming. This examines the complicated economic and social history of the titans of American industry, focusing on five big names but also bringing up many others along the line. The use of re-enactors is an interesting idea, exploring the history of the five men and their personality traits. There's plenty of commentary from historians and contemporary business entrepeneurs along the way. There's a good deal of repetition- since this was originally aired on television- with recaps. The other glaring problem, which could have been easily removed or not even included at all: the commentary of one of the more obnoxious, vindictive, arrogan, and repugnant human beings on the planet today: Donald Trump.

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