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When One Ends, Another Begins 

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.




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Campbell Scott ... Narrator (voice)
Chris Conlon Chris Conlon ... Himself - Worker (credit only)
Donny Deutsch ... Himself - Advertising Mogul
Maury Klein Maury Klein ... Himself - Business Historian
H.W. Brands ... Himself - Historian
Mark Cuban ... Himself - Owner, Dallas Mavericks
Jack Welch ... Himself - Former CEO, General Electric
Charles Schwab Charles Schwab ... Himself - Investment Banking Mogul
David Nasaw ... Himself - Carnegie Biographer
Jerry Weintraub ... Himself - Hollywood Producer
Donald Trump ... Himself - Real Estate Mogul
Carly Fiorina ... Herself - Former CEO, Hewlett-Packard
Ron Perelman Ron Perelman ... Himself - Business Magnate
Steve Case Steve Case ... Himself - Co-Founder, AOL
Jay Rockefeller Jay Rockefeller ... Himself - U.S. Senator (as John D. Rockefeller IV)


A young engineer named Henry Ford devises the plan for a gas-powered car. McKinley is assassinated and his VP Theodore Roosevelt takes office and quickly passes a series of regulations increasing oversight of American business. Ford receives his financial backing and comes up with the concept of the assembly line. He targets the middle class with his new product and changes the landscape of America. Rockefeller is put on trial for anti-trust violations. He loses in court and his company, Standard Oil, is one of the first monopolies broken up by the US government. JP Morgan helps to establish the Federal Reserve. This cements Morgan's legacy as the father of modern capitalism. Carnegie, still reeling from his culpability in the Johnstown disaster, gives away much of his fortune. His example of charity paves the way for individuals like Bill Gates who will do the same. As the US army sets sail for Europe, one thing is clear... these men didn't discover America. They built it. Written by Anonymous

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6 November 2012 (USA) See more »

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The New Machine See more »

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West Virginia, USA See more »

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Old John D Rockefeller: "When I came into the oil industry, there was chaos. I brought order. I took a small second- rate, inefficient market and built an industry.It was done the way it was, because that's the way it had to be done. No one complained when I brought light into every home, no one complained when I provided thousands of jobs or millions of dollars from exports. Oil is what this country runs on. You call it monopoly, I call it enterprise. Now, you tell me why am I here." Old John D Rockefeller
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Not a bad episode but sequentially, this one is all over the place.
17 June 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is the last episode of "The Men Who Built America"--at least according to Netflix. IMDb indicates that there are several more. I have no idea which is the case.

Episode 4 has to do with transportation and benevolence. Much of the show is about a new-comer, Henry Ford as well as the attack on Rockefeller's monopoly by the government. While the show seems to show that Teddy Roosevelt was the one who was responsible, the suit to break up Standard Oil was initiated the year AFTER Roosevelt left office. Oops.

In addition, much of the show is about the contest between Carnegie and Rockefeller to give away their fortunes (perhaps to help them buy their ways out of hell). Their benevolence seemed fascinating in light of the many people they hurt--though oddly the show never talked about this.

Overall, I found this to be a very disappointing episode. While I generally liked the series, this one seemed a bit shabby in light of the mistakes and sequential errors. In particular, while the show seemed to talk about things as they occurred throughout history, they often occurred at all different times. For example, they talked about Henry Ford and his Model T--then talked about the building of the Panama Canal (which began first).

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