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.




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Himself - Carnegie Biographer
Himself - Real Estate Mogul (as Donald Trump)
Maury Klein ...
Himself - Business Historian
H.W. Brands ...
Himself - Historian
Jennifer Tonkovich ...
Herself - The Morgan Library & Museum
Himself - Former Chairman, Time Warner
Himself - Co-Founder, Def Jam
Himself - Owner, Dallas Mavericks
Himself - Hollywood Producer
Jill Jonnes ...
Herself - Historian
Himself - Advertising Mogul
Herself - Former CEO, Hewlett-Packard
Steve Case ...
Himself - Co-Founder, AOL
Himself - Former Hedge Fund Manager


Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Morgan have gone unmonitored for decades, but American politicians are about to change that. They want these men to fall into line under government control. The men, some lifelong enemies, come together with a plan to buy the White House by donating the modern day equivalent of $30 million dollars to Ohio Governor, William McKinley. McKinley intends to repay his backers; he repeals regulation after regulation to allow them the freedom to do unimaginable things without consequence or impediment. Morgan and Carnegie create US Steel, the first billion dollar company while Rockefeller takes control of 90% of North American oil. Written by Anonymous

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A factory worker is killed on the job, and his co-workers pray over him, making reference to the "Holy Spirit". The time of the documentary is the late 1800s, and the term in use then was "Holy Ghost". "Holy Spirit" did not come into use until after the Vatican Council of 1963. See more »

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13 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

The basic theme of this episode is power--not just in a metaphorical sense but actual. This is because the show has to do with electricity and the internal combustion engine. Most of the show is about J.P. Moran and his partnership with Thomas Edison to electrify America. However, while Edison was very smart, he also was pig- headed (something only vaguely alluded to in the show). His insistence that they use direct current was problematic (it could only be sent a short distance--necessitating LOTS of small plants all throughout the city--something oddly omitted from the show) and put him at odds with George Westinghouse and Nicola Tesla who promoted alternating current. In addition to this, Rockefeller finds out a use for a useless byproduct of his oil production...gasoline!

Overall, well done for the most part but the differences and advantages between alternating and direct current was never actually explained--making the choice to electrify the Columbian Exhibition of 1893 with alternating current a bit perplexing. Still, well made and interesting.

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