Date: Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 6:14 PM
Subject: The Men Who Built America ~ Interesting Read
Interesting read starts with this Documentary I saw on TV.
I'm more interested in the History than the actors or the movie.
Cornelius Vanderbilt (this is the one that started this whole story)
The Men Who Built America
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The Men Who Built America (also known as The Innovators: The Men Who Built America in some international markets) is a History six-hour, four-part miniseries docudrama
broadcast in Fall (Autumn) 2012, and on the History Channel UK in Spring 2013. The series focuses on Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J. P. Morgan and Henry Ford and how their industrial innovations and business empires revolutionized modern society. The series is directed by Patrick Reams and Ruán Magan and is narrated by Campbell Scott. It averaged 2.6 million total viewers, 1.2 million Adults 25–54 and 1 million Adults 18–49 across 4 nights.
Cornelius Vanderbilt grows from a steamboat entrepreneur to the head of a railroad empire, and gets into a heated rivalry with Jim Fisk and Jay Gould; the up and coming John D. Rockefeller founds Standard Oil and starts to expand his wealth by diverting his business from the railroads to a new innovation, oil pipelines.
Andrew Carnegie builds an empire around steel, but finds himself struggling to save face after the ruthless tactics of his business partner, Henry Frick, result in both the Johnstown Flood as well asthe bloody 1892 strike at the Homestead Steel Works.
J.P. Morgan proceeds to banish the dark with the direct current electric light of Thomas Edison, but the two soon face serious competition from the alternating current of George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla. As the 19th century comes to a close, the titans of industry must try to work together to stop a new threat in budding politician William Jennings Bryan, who threatens to dissolve monopolies in America.
Rockefeller, Carnegie and Morgan team up to help elect William McKinley to the U.S. presidency by paying for his 1896 campaign, to avoid a possible attack on monopolies. However, fate intervenes when McKinley is suddenly assassinated, and vice president Theodore Roosevelt assumes the presidency and promptly begins dissolving monopolies and trusts in America. Meanwhile, Morgan buys out Carnegie Steel to make Carnegie the richest man in the world, and Henry Ford designs an affordable automobile with his Model T and starts his own business, Ford Motor Company, which sets a new business model for companies to follow.
In alphabetical order:
- William Jennings Bryan—James Kidd
- Andrew Carnegie—Adam Jonas Segaller
- Andrew Carnegie (The Younger)—Aj Achinger
- Thomas Edison—Justin Morck
- Jim Fisk—Kenneth Cavett
- Henry Ford—Cary Donaldson
- Henry Frick—John C. Bailey
- Jay Gould—Cameron McNary
- President William McKinley—Dan Odell
- J.P. Morgan—Eric Rolland
- J.P. Morgan (The Elder)—Ray Reynolds
- Junius Morgan—David Gamble
- John D. Rockefeller—Tim Getman
- Theodore Roosevelt—Joseph Wiegand
- Charles M. Schwab—John Keabler
- Thomas Scott—Don Meehan
- Nikola Tesla—Alex Falberg
- Cornelius Vanderbilt—David Donahoe
- William Henry Vanderbilt—Michael Chmiel
- George Westinghouse—Einar Gunn