8 x 1 hour
The United States of America wasn't discovered, it was built. Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Astor, Ford and Morgan—these are the men who built it, and their names became synonymous with the American dream. At the height of the Industrial Age, these men constructed a bold vision for a modern nation and transformed the greatest industries of our time: oil, rail, steel, shipping, automobiles, and finance. Rising from poverty, their paths crossed repeatedly as they elected Presidents, set economic policies and influenced every major event of their day - from the Civil War to The Great Depression. This series also profiles the millions of American workers—from the steel mills of Pennsylvania to the assembly lines of Detroit—who turned those dreams into a reality. Brainstorm Digital, the Emmy-award winning company that brought to life 1920's Atlantic City for HBO's Boardwalk Empire, will use original sources to create an unprecedented and spectacular 360-degree view of the U.S. in the Industrial Age.