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The Men who built America,
This review is from: The Men Who Built America (DVD)
This was an excellent program detailing not only the good, but the bad of the era. We forget what America was like in the late 1800's and how far we have come. Education like history never ends. When we fail to remember history, we certainly will fail again.
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Wendy T. says:
I've been watching this tonight and it's one of the best series I have ever seen on the History Channel, because I don't think anything has been done previously that ties all these people together the way they actually were tied together. Some of the parallels to present-day politics are glaring, as well - when Carnegie, Rockefeller and JP Morgan decide that they have to "buy themselves a president!" GE, Standard Oil, Westinghouse, and JP Morgan-Chase are still huge empires to this day. And they try to marginalize Roosevelt into the vice presidency, only to have Mckinley assassinated and their worst fear realized - the trust-buster president who would not be manipulated by them! This was actually the first time they had to answer to anyone for their tactics. It was the birth of progressive democracy and worker's rights in this country against these huge corporations who worked their workers literally to death, for almost nothing. Great wealth was concentrated into just the hands of a few men, and most people were poor. We see this happening in our own time, when the wealthy 1% hold 40% of the nations wealth in their hands, and the middle-class has been losing benefits and pay.
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