From Jamestown to Plymouth, early settlers fight for survival. Tobacco sows the seeds of opportunity; the north becomes a powerhouse of trade. Tension, taxation and resistance explode into war as the rebels take on the might of the British Empire.
The colonies declare independence, taking on the might of the British Empire. Washington's army is near defeat, but new weapons and battle tactics turn the tide. Forged through revolution, a new nation is born.
Trailblazing pioneers set out to conquer the west, but find the land already claimed. Wagon trains meet hardship on the road to California's gold. The steamboat ushers in a new era of commerce, industry, and unprecedented wealth.
Commerce and industry thrive across the new nation, now one of the wealthiest on Earth. The Erie Canal brings big risk and bigger reward. In the South, cotton is king but slavery fuels a growing divide.
The attack on Pearl Harbor brings America into World War. The war effort revitalizes the nation's economy. American innovation and manufacturing might invigorate the Allies in Europe and in the Pacific.
The Cold War is the first test for the new superpower. The Challenger disaster and 9/11 are tragedies that challenge the nation. From the television to the credit card and the personal computer, technology drives America into the 21st Century.
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The fact that you included Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, Al Sharpton and Martha Stewart in this documentary in mind boggling; the underbelly of American society! And how you think celebrities could bring any real historical value to the table is beyond me. The makers of this series should have stuck to people like Colin Powell who truly exemplifies the American character. There are also so many amazing US historians in our Universities which would have made this a MUCH better series.
America was built on the genocide of Europeans coming to America and exterminating the Natives of the United States. "America The story of Us" completely ignores the American Holocaust on which our country was built on. Also why interview celebrities that haven't even majored in history? Why not interview historians instead? I can't show this inaccuracy of a documentary to my children and be a good parent. History should never be one sided, it should show all the facets. Our children deserve to know the truth of what America was built on and the true Americans we killed and took this land from.
First, I have a degree in history an another in progress, I enjoy history. I figured I'd check this documentary series out and, yikes. The use of visuals is cool and enlightening, but... I think this series tried to do to much. Maybe two seasons would have been enough to accurately cover this topic, but not this short mini-series. The history is erratic, inaccurate and white washed. Some parts are good, but others are completely ignored. I don't know if this was on purpose or because of time limitations, but parts of this series feel like a propaganda film. The United States is a great nation, and has done great things, but terrible things too. The "Story of Us" should include more of the truth of us, good and bad, not just this watered down drivel commentated by celebrities with no clue of what they're talking about. Colin Powell and Buzz Aldrin, good choices. Michael Douglas, (then) Bruce Jenner, and that guy from Pawn Stars? No.
Amazing that in 2010, almost the same, PR whitewashed, nationalist vision of great, wonderful, and powerful AMERICA is shown here as I was taught in the 50s and 60s. Some of the people interviewed are just jokes in 2019. "All they had was a gun and a Bible.", and something like, "Guns are our heritage and show we are independent." are just insane (we have so many guns due to the Civil War). Oh, there are a few nuggets that approach the truth, but partially told and modified for the agenda of this series. There are continual and often repeated taglines and soundbites (which is the widest professional criticism) about "conquering" ("nature", while showing a tornado; not sure any natural disaster has been tamed yet!) and "won" the American Dream, almost completely morally and wonderful. All in the name of "pure, clean" democracy. Everything leads to the greatest event/invention to power America into its bright, white future (Penicillin wasn't invented in America, by an American, nor even perfected here!!!). Just a feelgood for people who can't stand the truth or accept that we are just humans, definitely no better and no worse than any other country. Patriotism and getting out from under the horrible class-based British monarchy are great, but we get it. I read where Obama did the TV cable broadcast intro, which baffles me. Did he watch all of it and agree? If so, he drank the kool-aid, too.
There are so many things wrong with this but the most offensive were: Daniel Boone (oh, poor victim of the Indians; HE did nothing, of course) and Pocahontas (Disney owns the History Channel, after all). Matoax, daughter of the great Powhatan, was taken captive and held hostage, during the skirmish shown here, and forced to convert to Christianity, made pregnant, and then to marry John Rolfe and used as PR in England. The footage and readings from the "happy" textile factory worker child is beyond incredible. Many of these sorts of skewed legends/myths are used here to show what a utopia we have.
There are few history experts interviewed, instead a parade of movie and TV stars, celebs and nonsensical people (NFL star? Martha Stewart? not-then President Trump?) as "experts". The production is slick and uses a lot of CGI, which is repeated over and over again. Good re-enactments, although many are taken from movies, like Dances with Wolves. Seems aimed at middle school and at that I guess they succeed, alas.
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2018
The first two episodes were very good and factual. From the third through to the last episode it took a down turn. The making of "America The Story of US" documentary is skewed with a leftist viewpoint. From the writers thru to the producers have used their own view of history, NOT what actually happened. It's a crying shame but it seems this is what is happening with every depiction of historical events.
Good series, but it could do without the commentary of celebrities. What the h--- do they really know about American history, and what gives Michael Douglas or Meryl Streep or Sheryl Crow the authority to intelligently comment on it? Could have done without their blather--it detracted from an otherwise very good series. Also, liked the actual film footage of historical events that was featured.
This is a great series and my family and I watch it around Independence Day every year to remind us of how we have become such a great nation. Parts of it you may agree with, parts of it you may not, but the show as a whole is spectacular and informative.
Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2018
The government, then in the North, had to increase tariffs to the South to pay for the last war. When Lincoln needed more fighting men he 'freed' the blacks to fight for the Union. Lincoln was a politician and not the ideologist we have created for a good story. He wanted to win the Presidency, collect money for the government, and if it meant freeing slaves to increase his army so be it. The North profited by the war while the suffering was in the South.