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.
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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