History Channel Show Previews: The Men Who Built America, Oct. 16 (VIDEO)

American entrepreneurs rock. History is celebrating those who took a chance and built empires.

John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and J.P. Morgan to name a few.

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While some of the most recognizable names in history, most Americans are not privy to the meticulous planning, scheming, and bribing these men implemented to make their millions.

It is through these back alley deals and tactics that built America to be the country it is today.

New from The History Channel chronicles the most famous names in financial history to show the foundation of America today.

Beginning with the first episode, we see how John D. Rockefeller, a modern-day household name goes from a struggling 24 year old to an industry leader by taking a huge gamble on the oil business. Striking a deal with then railroad mogul Cornelius Vanderbilt, Rockefeller quickly expands his Standard Oil Company and becomes the wealthiest man in America.

Using 12 million original negatives provided by the Library of Congress, state of the art computer generated imagery brings historical images to life.

From mob deals to electing a president, The Men Who Built America takes us through the beginning of the democracy in the government, economy, and society as we know it by following these five men who created with their historical achievements. With interviews from current billionaires such as Donald Trump, Russell Simmons, Alan Greenspan, Ron Perlman, Ted Turner, Sumner Redstone, Mark Cuban and Senator Jay Rockefeller, this show gives insight to the American hierarchy of power from extreme wealth.

The Men Who Built America premieres Tuesday, October 16th at 9/8c on The History Channel and encores the following Tuesday.


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